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    Listened to the Hickox version.

    First movement: Much scurrying about, enough sforzandi to startle a small country. Occasional blares of 1950 SF movie scare-chords (shocking close-up of the head of the ant-monster, suddenly seen clearly). Interesting orchestration, quite a bit of fun throughout with Thoroughly Modern Malcolm.

    Second movement: Eerie whispering slow chords move across the water – all is not well. After a time, distant drumming – a death galley, maybe? And how did Dr. Atomic’s trumpeter get in here? Central part is livelier; then the Drums in the Deep return, forte, before gradually fading. Sounds like the Balrog is going away, and a good thing that is!

    Third movement: Perky, and now in a more major key. Very episodic. Our trumpeter is back but in a much better mood. Wham-bam close.

    I like this symphony. It hangs together somehow, and what’s going on is always interesting. Lots of pieces to the puzzle, but none overstay their welcome. The nervous, strange, teeth-on-edge mood of the first two movements I found unusual and interesting.

    Another nice choice for the Saturday Symphony.


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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    Listened to the Hickox version.

    First movement: Much scurrying about, enough sforzandi to startle a small country. Occasional blares of 1950 SF movie scare-chords (shocking close-up of the head of the ant-monster, suddenly seen clearly). Interesting orchestration, quite a bit of fun throughout with Thoroughly Modern Malcolm.

    Second movement: Eerie whispering slow chords move across the water – all is not well. After a time, distant drumming – a death galley, maybe? And how did Dr. Atomic’s trumpeter get in here? Central part is livelier; then the Drums in the Deep return, forte, before gradually fading. Sounds like the Balrog is going away, and a good thing that is!

    Third movement: Perky, and now in a more major key. Very episodic. Our trumpeter is back but in a much better mood. Wham-bam close.

    I like this symphony. It hangs together somehow, and what’s going on is always interesting. Lots of pieces to the puzzle, but none overstay their welcome. The nervous, strange, teeth-on-edge mood of the first two movements I found unusual and interesting.

    Another nice choice for the Saturday Symphony.
    Funny impressions (which is not bad!)

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    I was slow to get to this, so I'm a bit late. I don't have it in my collection, so I searched online and found the premiere performance, conducted by the composer. This is an enjoyable one, with interesting orchestration and a lot of variety; it would certainly reward repeated listening. In general, I have liked Arnold's compositions, and I would like to get more, so I'll probably buy that Sony box set that others have mentioned - it has all of the symphonies and many other things. Strangely, the download version costs about three times as much as a physical copy; sometimes, the pricing structure of downloads makes no sense at all. I'll probably end up ordering the physical CDs, copying them to my hard drive, and throwing them in a box even though I'm trying not to acquire more CDs due to the space they take up.

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