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Track(s) taken from CDH55071

Duo for two cellos, Op 85

composer

The Nash Ensemble, Christopher Van Kampen (cello), Moray Welsh (cello)
Recording details: December 1984
Seldon Hall, Haberdashers' Aske's School, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Mike Clements
Release date: August 1988
Total duration: 2 minutes 43 seconds

Cover artwork: Blues (detail) by Michael Praed
Private Collection / Reproduced by kind permission of the artist
 
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Reviews

'The Nash’s superb 1984 set of Malcolm Arnold’s chamber music makes a welcome return. The wide stereo spread of the quintets … enhances the sense of being in the room with the musicians’ (BBC Music Magazine)

'Reveals Arnold at his most inventive: tuneful, witty and ingenious … The performances by the individual members of the Nash are impeccable. This set may one day be equalled but it is unlikely to be bettered, and it deserves classic status' (International Record Review)

‘An entertaining, at times compelling portrait of a British composer whose true measure we’re only just beginning to gauge' (Classic FM Magazine)
In 1964 I asked Arnold for a simple cello duet of a length to fill a double spread in a teaching book which I was writing with Anna Shuttleworth. In a matter of weeks the Duo for two cellos dropped through the letterbox: tuneful, cunningly laid out for players of limited technique, of exactly the hoped-for length. Materials are simple: a lyrical motif based on thirds; another of Arnold’s favoured rocking figures; contrasts of bowed and plucked notes and a hint of bitonality. A small but perfectly proportioned piece, with not a note nor a bar too many nor too few.

from notes by Hugo Cole © 1988

En 1964, j’avais demandé à Arnold d’écrire un duo de violoncelles, une pièce toute simple de deux pages, à incorporer à un recueil pédagogique que j’étais en train de compiler pour Anna Shuttleworth. En quelques semaines, je recevais dans le courrier le Duo pour deux violoncelles: de superbes mélodies, exploitant avec habileté les limitations techniques des apprentis-violoncellistes et exactement de la longueur souhaitée. Le matériau est simple: un motif lyrique élaboré sur des tierces, un autre motif balancé favori d’Arnold; des contrastes entre les coups d’archets et les notes pincées et un soupçon de bitonalité. Une pièce petite mais aux proportions parfaites, sans une note ou une mesure de moins ou de trop.

extrait des notes rédigées par Hugo Cole © 1988
Français: Isabelle Battioni

Im Jahr 1964 habe ich Arnold um ein einfaches Celloduett von einer Länge gegeben, die eine Doppelseite in dem Lehrbuch füllte, das ich damals mit Anna Shuttleworth schrieb. Wenige Wochen später hatte ich das Duo für zwei Celli im Briefkasten: melodisch, geschickt angelegt für Musiker mit begrenzter Spieltechnik und in genau der erhofften Länge. Das Grundmaterial ist einfach: ein lyrisches Motiv auf der Grundlage von Terzen, eine der von Arnold bevorzugten wiegenden Figuren, Kontraste zwischen gestrichenen und gezupften Tönen und ein Hauch von Bitonalität. Ein kurzes, aber wunderbar proportioniertes Stück mit keiner Note, keinem Takt zu viel oder zu wenig.

aus dem Begleittext von Hugo Cole © 1988
Deutsch: Anne Steeb/Bernd Müller

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