Review of performance of Quintet for Brass Op 73, 20th May 2006 at St Mary the Virgin, Oxford.

Would that some other Oxford orchestras were as imaginative in their programming. For its latest concert, the Oxford Sinfonia had the brilliant idea of splitting itself into three sections - brass, wind, strings - then finding music that challenged and exploited each of the three groups. The choice of composers was imaginative too, with each being a master at writing for the instruments concerned. Early in his career, Northampton born Sir Malcolm Arnold captured the post of principal trumpet in the London Philharmonic Orchestra - just the right credentials for the composer of a
brass quintet. Arnold's op 73 quintet opened this concert: its sunny opening Allegro vivace is maddening, for it has been used as a radio signature tune somewhere along the way - I still hadn't placed the programme involved when the Sinfonia's brass players moved on to the much more dissonant and disturbing Chaconne. The piece was played with commitment, and made me wonder, yet again, why Arnold's music isn't better known -  Giles Woodforde Oxford Times May 26 2006

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