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Malcolm Arnold's Fifth Symphony

Charles Hazlewood and the BBC Concert Orchestra explore Malcolm Arnold's 5th Symphony and discover a surprisingly dark and complex work - full of irony, conflict and anguish.

Malcolm Arnold has gained a posthumous reputation as a composer of light and superficial music. Charles Hazlewood and the BBC Concert Orchestra delve into the world of his 5th Symphony however and discover a surprisingly dark and complex world - a work full of irony, conflict and above all: anguish. The programme also looks back at Arnold's views on social music making, featuring archive interviews with the composer.

1 hour, 30 minutes

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