The score to Arnold's Concerto for Viola.

Malcolm Arnold’s spry Concerto for Viola and chamber orchestra was first performed in 1971. The soulful middle movement is the lyrical and emotional heart of the piece and showcases some of Arnold’s most adventurous and searching harmonies. It is flanked by a bustling opening and a buoyant jig. Arnold’s robust writing for the viola makes a powerful claim for its qualities as a solo instrument on the concert platform, showcasing a host of musical moods and characters across its 20-minute span.

"It is a revelation to hear something of the composer's other side. The Viola Concerto, featuring Rivka Golani, is the real thing: post Walton, heartfelt viola writing. . ."

Sarah Pope, CD Classics, December 1992