Malcolm Arnold’s Symphony No. 9
Vernon Handley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
I think Malcolm Arnold is a sadly-underrated composer. I was recommended to read Malcolm Arnold – Rogue Genius as a biography that would help me understand the man and his times. I have bought the book and started reading it, but I am afraid I seem to be a bit book-phobic at the moment and haven’t yet progressed beyond about page 40. I need to do better, and it’s high on my list of things to do in the trailing days of plague lockdown! In the meantime, I can only say that there’s not a piece of Malcolm’s music I don’t like a lot.