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Symphony No 5 (1961)
Paterson Publications
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Large Orchestra
Year Composed
33 Minutes
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Programme Note
Malcolm Arnold Symphony No 5 (1961)
1. Tempestuoso
2. Andante con moto - Adagio
3. Con fuoco
4. Risoluto - Lento

This symphony is in four movements and is written for a normal symphony orchestra with the addition of a celesta. The four movements are divided into two pairs, the first thematically related to the third, and the second to the fourth. It will be noted that in the second movement, the composer is unable to distinguish between sentiment and sentimentality.

After the first performance of my Fourth Symphony there were so many things I felt needed to be said musically that I am more than grateful for the opportunity given me by the Cheltenham Festival Society to attempt to say these things.

Symphony No. 5 was commissioned by the Cheltenham Festival Society.
First performance by the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Arnold.
3rd July 1961 at Cheltenham Town Hall (Cheltenham Festival).

© Sir Malcolm Arnold

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    National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland
    Andrew Penny
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    Munich Symphony Orchestra
    Douglas Bostock
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    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Sir Malcolm Arnold
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    London Symphony Orchestra
    Richard Hickox
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    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/ BBC Concert Orchestra
    Vernon Handley
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    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Philharmonia Orchestra
    Malcolm Arnold
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    Royal Academy of Music, London, UK
    Royal Academy of Music Junior Academy Symphony Orchestra
    Alexander Walker, conductor
  • 29 OCT 2017
    Central United Methodist Church, Phoenix, AZ
    Warren Cohen, conductor
  • 05 AUG 2017
    Guildhall, Cambridge, UK
    Cambridge Heidelberg Montpellier Youth Orchestra
    Matthew Gunn, conductor
  • 13 MAY 2017
    Hertford Theatre, UK
    Hertford Symphony Orchestra
    Tom Hammond, conductor
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    Goldsmiths, University of London, UK
    Goldsmiths Sinfonia
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    St Botolph's Church, Colchester, UK
    Essex Youth Orchestra
    Robin Browning, conductor
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    Maida Vale Studions, London, UK
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    Michael Seal, conductor
  • 20 MAR 2016
    Dorking Halls, Surrey, UK
    Surrey County Youth Orchestra
    Alexander Walker, conductor
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    Theater Oldenburg, Oldenburg, Germany
    Theater Oldenburg Ensemble
  • 22 NOV 2015
    Thornden Hall, Hampshire, UK
    Southampton Concert Orchestra
    Paul Ingram, conductor
  • 18 OCT 2015
    Malcolm Arnold Conducts Malcolm Arnold
    Northampton, UK
    City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
    Cyril Smith, piano; Phyllis Sellick, piano; Malcolm Arnold, conductor
  • 21 MAY 2015
    The Concert Hall, Reading, UK
    Aldworth Philharmonic Orchestra
    Andrew Taylor, conductor
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    Geblasehalle, Henrichshutte Hattingen, Germany
    Rhein-Rhur Philharmonie
    Tobias van de Locht, conductor

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    St Andrew's Church, Cheam
    Sutton Youth Symphony Orchestra
    Nigel Hiscock , conductor
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    The Stevenson Hall, Glasgow
    Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Orchestra
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    St Marys Church, Putney Bridge
    Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra
    Keith Stent, conductor
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    Symphony Hall, Birmingham
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    Michael Seal, conductor
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    St Andrew's Church, London
    Wandsworth Symphony Orchestra
    Keith Stent, conductor
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    Hub Theatra, The Open University, Milton Keynes
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    Hugh Malloy, conductor
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    St David's hall, Cardiff, Wales
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    Clark Rundell, conductor
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    Guy Nelson Hall, Warwick
    Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra
    Orlando Jopling, conductor
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    Cadogan Hall, London
    Orchestra of Poole Gakuin High School
    Nobuaki Utumi, conductor
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    Bel Air High School, Maryland, USA
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    Sheldon Bair, conductor
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    Orchestre National de Lyon

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    Kingston Parish Church, Kingston
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    Simon Ferris, conductor
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    Northampton County Youth Orchestra
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    Main Hall, Pohang Arts Centre, Pohang, Korea
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    Djong Victorin, conductor
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    St Martin's Church, Acton, London
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    John Gibbons, conductor
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    Parish Church, Stockton on Tees
    Tees Valley Youth Orchestra
    Chris Johns, conductor

…perhaps we are only just growing able to hear and understand properly that strangely ambivalent tone of voice which longs, perhaps, for the world of Elgar, while stoically inhabiting an unbrave new world. The LSO gave the work a meticulously prepared, sharply focused performance, making the most of its Mahlerian slow movement, its angry acerbic scherzo and its perverse, still enigmatic finale.
Hilary Finch, The Times,01/12/1994
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