Now this is/was news that lifted my spirits. As I have been dealing with so much I really have been ignoring everything, including my email as I haven't gone online until recently. Much to my surprise and joy there was an email waiting for me from Arnold's sister, Irene Rosner-David. She wrote to me about the literally just released (available now on Toccata Classics, Amazon on June 7th) recording of Arnold's Orchestral music on Toccata, recorded at Abbey Road, and with the LSO no less. I had no knowledge of the project whatsoever! It brings together a few major works, including one of my favorites, "Gematria". I have been waiting (impatiently) for many years for it's premiere recording. The Piano Concerto No. 2 was written when Rosner was all of twenty years old, and it's a beautiful, big-boned concerto from the pen of a young man still searching and paving his path to brilliance. Not unlike Rosner's gorgeous "Five Meditations", The early "Six Pastoral Dances" takes its inspiration from Renaissance dances and Baroque forms. Extremely tragic and touching, "From the Diaries of Adam Czerniaków" for narrator and orchestra is powerful both as a musical depiction of Jewish life within the ghetto at Warszawa and of course as a first-hand account. This is a major work, and although I have only just heard it this morning, it's impact was instantaneous and profound. Rosner would have been so very proud of this project!
Arnold's sister sent me an advanced copy of this major and invaluable release, and while I will most likely post it here at some point - I would like to strongly urge visitors of my blog to buy it and directly from Tocatta if possible. I plan to do just that. Tocatta is one of the finest labels that we have, and as far as musical exploration and steering clear of the "establishment" goes - this is a priceless source for adventure and discovery.
I know of no other record label that is so very generous with their sound sampling; once on the page you can listen to each work, not for 30 seconds or a minute but almost in it's entirety. I might be getting carried away, but It seems that one gets to sample about 65-70% of each and every work.