British Serenade


Chamber Ensemble of London
Peter Fisher (violin-director)

HTGCD 204 – 5060332661640

Heritage is pleased to announce its first collaboration with the Chamber Ensemble of London, a disc which commemorates the tenth anniversary of Malcom Arnold’s death and features no less than nine world premieres by Malcolm Arnold and leading figures of the British ‘light music’ scene.

‘That would be a good idea!’ This CD assembles many of the ‘good ideas’ – mine and other people’s – that had gone to the back of my mind. What brought them to the front? The Malcolm Arnold Society wanted to mark the 10th anniversary of the composer’s death with music not previously recorded. The Arnold items were all solos with strings. That became the unifying factor for the whole CD. I remembered Chris Shrimpton putting the case for the classical harmonica; soloists I wished to promote; the music of an old friend; the viola, another Cinderella instrument… We had soon recorded more than enough material for one CD. There may be another.’ Peter Fisher, February 2016


Malcolm Arnold: Serenade for Guitar and Strings Op.50

Michael Butten (solo guitar)

Clive Jenkins: Romance for Viola and Strings *

Richard Waters (solo viola)

Paul Lewis: On Pevensey Levels *

Chris Shrimpton (solo harmonica)

Edward Elgar arr. Levine Andrade: Salut d’Amour Op. 12 *

Michael Mace (solo cello)

Paul Carr: Viola Air *

Richard Waters (solo viola)

Malcolm Arnold arr. Roger Steptoe: Concertino for Clarinet and Strings Op.29a *

Peter Cigleris (solo clarinet)

Clive Jenkins: Rhapsody for Harmonica *

Chris Shrimpton (solo harmonica)

Don Shearman: Winter Sunshine *

Peter Fisher (solo violin)

Clive Jenkins: Cologne *

Chris Shrimpton (solo harmonica)

Malcolm Arnold arr. Philip Lane: Five Pieces for Violin and Strings Op.84a *

Peter Fisher (solo violin)

Total time: 65.22


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    ‘This is a valuable collection of rarities that will have an appeal to fans of Malcolm Arnold and lovers of British light music. Soloists and orchestra are in fine form and the recording is rich and easy on the ear. Overall, this is a most unusual and pleasant experience.
    John Whitmore, MusicWeb International, November 2016

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    ‘This is a pleasingly played collection, and the recording itself is brightly lit and reverberant… Well worth hearing, and there’s more than enough here to warrant further investigation on the part of loyal Arnold enthusiasts.’
    Michael Jameson, Malcolm Arnold Society Bulletin, November 2016

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