The advantage this Naxos disc enjoys—to say nothing of its price—is the inclusion of the four Welsh Dances, the last to be written and closer in mood to the Cornish and Irish Dances than to the cheerful ebullience of the masterly English Dances of 1950–51. They remain perennial favourites, and Andrew Penny and the Queensland Orchestra present them with their colours gleaming. These performances have the composer’s imprimatur (he was present at the recording sessions) and can be cordially recommended. The Naxos sound…does not lack brilliance.
"The Queensland Symphony seems to be an excellent ensemble ... Andrew Penny leads his charges with confidence and elan. The sound image hints at concert hall realism; quality is as good as what is found on many higher priced discs."
"This new Naxos set of the Arnold Dances from the Queensland orchestra under Andrew Penny is well worth its modest cost and it has the advantage of including the Four welsh dances, not otherwise available on CD..this Naxos CD offers and excellent and inexpensive collection, more complete than any of its competitors."
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