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Penguin Guide, January 2009

This superb first Naxos recording confirms the Ninth Symphony as a fitting culmination to Arnold’s symphonic series. The baldness of the arguments, with two-part writing the general rule, consistently speaks in a true Arnoldian accent, culminating in the long slow finale, almost as long as the other three movements together, registering a mood of tragedy and disillusion. As to Penny’s performance, this is not just concentrated and consistently committed but warmly resonant, with the Dublin strings sounding glorious and the woodwind and brass consistently brilliant.

Allan K. Farrar, August 2008

Malcolm Arnold’s 9th given a great performance by the forces of National Symphony of Orchestra of Ireland under the baton of Andrew Penny. It appears on the Naxos label which is doing so much for serious music.

Christopher Wood
BBC Music Magazine, May 2000

"Allowing the music-as Bruckner's friends and colleagues would never allow it-to breathe at its own pace, [Tintner] adds 12 minutes to Inbal's timing and lets everything flow with uncommon inevitability. Surely no Bruckner Third, in any version, has sounded more magnificent, more immediate a presage of Symphonies Nos 8 and 9. The outer movements have a raw power that has nothing to do with roughness and everything with the perfect articulation of an enormous natural organism; the Adagio has tremendous inward intensity, the Tristan quotations emerging as if they were Bruckner's own thoughts."

, December 1996

"In the year of his seventy-fifth birthday Sir Malcolm Arnold has been treated to a series of fine new discs, notably the premiere recording of the Ninth Symphony from Naxos, beautifully played by Andrew Penny and the National Symphony Orchestra of Ireland."

American Record Guide, October 1996

"[Andrew Penny] seems will suited to the task...The Irish Symphony...sounds great and is splendidly recorded."

Classic CD, June 1996

"Naxos have pulled off a real coup being the first to record his latest symphony, the Ninth... A very remarkable achievement"

Gramophone, May 1996

I was impressed enough by the first of Andrew Penny's Arnold discs for Naxos, coupling Nos.1 and 2, but this is far finer, for he draws not just a concentrated, consistently committed performance from the Irish players, but a warmly resonant one, with the strings sounding glorious and the woodwind and brass consistnetly brilliant. The recording is rich and full...

"All credit to Naxos in their projected Arnold cycle for achieving this important first... he [Andrew Penny] draws not just a concentrated, consistently committed performance from the Irish players, but a warmly resonant one... I look forward to more in the series"

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