Classic FM Magazine

I’m amazed that this is the first recording of Arnold’s Return of Odysseus, as it’s highly listenable. It was composed in 1976, in Dublin, at a particularly turbulent time in his life, and is a masterly simplification of Homer’s Odysseus. Walt Whitman’s text Toward the Unknown Region describes the soul’s journey into the unknown. (Ironically, it was also the title of a recent film about Arnold’s mental health problems.) Milhaud’s Suite Française uses folk tunes and is similar to Canteloube’s Songs of the Auvergne, albeit without the words. ****

—Nick Bailey