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Elgar: Symphony No. 3; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 6 [Hybrid SACD] Hybrid SACD, SACD

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  • Audio CD (29 Oct 2007)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, SACD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000WZ7I12
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No. 3, Op. 88 (elaborated A. Payne): I. Allegro molto maestosoAnthony Payne15:32Album Only
Listen  2. Symphony No. 3, Op. 88 (elaborated A. Payne): II. Scherzo: AllegrettoAnthony Payne 9:52Album Only
Listen  3. Symphony No. 3, Op. 88 (elaborated A. Payne): III. Adagio solenneAnthony Payne15:08Album Only
Listen  4. Symphony No. 3, Op. 88 (elaborated A. Payne): IV. AllegroAnthony Payne15:04Album Only
Listen  5. Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode, "So many true princesses who have gone" (arr. for chorus and orchestra)Adrian Partington Singers 6:47£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Military March No. 6, Op. 39, "Pomp and Circumstance" (completed and orch. by Anthony Payne)Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales 7:54£0.59  Buy MP3 

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By op on 25 Jan 2008
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In my view, this is the best recorded performance of the symphony so far. Previously, I had agreed with the wide consensus and put Paul Daniel in the top spot, but I think Hickox pips him. Most particuarly there is his handling of the second movement. I have always considered this the weak point of the symphony, unfairly to Elgar who was going to include a harmonic sideslip 'that will knock them all flat'. Unfortunately, no one knows what he intended. Nevertheless, I feel that Richard Hickox makes this movement feel like what it was surely intended to be, a reprise between the intensity of the opening and slow movements, rather than a lapse, and he gives it a sense of substance and rythmical impetus lacking elsewhere, as, indeed, he does to the entire symphony.

As for Pomp and Circumstance No.6, I disagree with the previous comment. I find it utterly convincing. Anthony Payne has said that he sometimes feels as though Elgar is standing at his shoulder. He was certainly doing so here. As for the most magical moment for me, the second entry of the trio tune, I think Elgar's ghost must have whispered in Payne's ear.
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By John Stapleton on 9 Sep 2014
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This is a very fine performance of the third which bears very little hint that the work had not been completed by Elgar. It is probably a first choice due as much to the shorter pieces which Anthony Payne has orchestrated/constructed and which are found on few other recordings (if at all). Of course, anyone listening to this symphony should not expect the Edwardian grandeur of the first two. This is late Elgar, from the very different times of 1932/3. Between the two periods WW1 had shattered the world that Elgar knew and now Hitler was rising in Germany. Of course, had Elgar completed the work himself, it is unlikely to have turned out quite like this. One reason why he appeared to hesitate in 1932/3 may have been because he was unhappy with some aspects of the extensive sketches he'd written or how he planned to furnish them. Alternatively, he may just have taken on too much conducting and other composing (Spanish Lady, Piano Concerto) following his invigorating relationship with Vera Hockman, and simply ran out of time. Nevertheless, it is difficult to imagine that he would ever have changed the main building blocks of the work, and these Anthony Payne's inspiration has made possible for us to hear in a highly plausible setting. The heart and soul are probably 90-95% Elgar and it is easy to forget Anthony Payne when listening to this performance. His book, "Elgar's Third Symphony" is a profound revelation for all those interested in his achievement.

One consequence of Payne's "completion" is that it is now difficult to listen to Elgar's earlier (1924) King Arthur music, since Elgar re-cycled some of the most memorable Arthur themes for the symphony (2nd and 4th mvts).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps the Best Elgar 3rd yet. 9 Dec 2008
By J. F. Laurson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anthony Payne spent almost 30 years trying to patch together Elgar's unfinished Third Symphony, with very impressive results, but results that are still hotly debated (more controversially than the various `performing versions' of Mahler's Tenth) today. It's much more convincing than the (fun) Elgar "Piano Concerto", but for all its quality, the second and third movements don't ring true. No performance will ever silence the debates over whether Payne's version is a success (as opposed to `mere attempt'), but this recording comes awfully close. It does so, because Hickox achieves to make the Symphony sound like ¬echt-Elgar, rather than collections of "Elgarian moments" strung together. The issue is made yet more interesting with the inclusions of two more Payne-elaborations: "So Many True Princesses Who Have Gone" and the Sixth Pomp & Circumstance March. The sound is unbeatable.
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Yes, Perhaps the Best Elgar Third, but... 21 Feb 2013
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
...what about Anthony Payne's realization of the work itself? Here my judgment is mixed. The first and last movements have the indelible feel of Elgar, and good feelings they are. Indeed, if I'm not paying attention I sometimes mistake that last movement for the Second Symphony. In between those bookends, however, are two movements that are tedious, wandering and really rather un-Elgarish, at least to my untrained ear. I've heard the recordings of the work conducted by Andrew Davis and Paul Daniel, and I do think that this one by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Richard Hickox does make a better case for the piece than they do, but that still doesn't make it a convincing case. Meanwhile, Payne's orchestration of So Many True Princesses Who Have Gone and his realization of the Pomp and Circumstance March No. 6 are more in tune with those two nondescript middle movements than they do with the more exciting portions of the Symphony No. 3. I found both quite unmemorable. My verdict: Of the 70 minutes of music, 30 of them consist of stirring faux Elgar. Maybe that half hour is going to be worth the price of the disc. Maybe not. Me, I haven't quite made up my mind.
Two masterpieces in one! 13 Jun 2014
By lux - Published on Amazon.com
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Elgar's inspiration of generating this powerful material and Payne's work of assembling and completing it somehow fuse successfully into a stunning, cohesive feast of sharper, tenser drama, deeper pathos, and greater emotional breadth than anything else Elgar wrote -- supported by a kind of tone of otherworldly anticipation, a looking-backward and looking-forward at the same time, that reminds me a little of the late works of other composers (like Beethoven and Schubert) contemplating their lives while confronting their impending deaths.

This work embodies Elgar's continued evolution from the anguished despair of the Cello Concerto into a full and mature acceptance of the nature of life and death, and but for Payne's scholarly and artistic masterpiece of reconstruction, we could never have heard it.

This can't be quite the same symphony Elgar would have written -- in a way, it is both *by* and *about* him -- yet it is somehow my favorite of his three and it seems to me one of the greatest twentieth-century symphonies. I wish I could have heard it when I was first experiencing Elgar's other best works, and I'm so glad to have the chance now.

The performance is excellent as well and reflects some nice tuning from earlier ones. I wouldn't be surprised to see this work on a trajectory to enter the main repertoire of performing groups.

The extras are interesting but not at the same level. Get this album to be blown away by the symphony.
I love it 2 Dec 2013
By Earl Lopez - Published on Amazon.com
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It's ad to know that Richard Hickox is no longer with us. This recording is a testament to his interpretation of the great Sir Edward Elgar.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
good reading of Payne's symphony (but I was promised Elgar!!) 17 May 2013
By Jurgen Lawrenz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can't understand the babble about "Elgar's unfinished symphony". There is no such thing. Elgar never even got the first movement properly underway. Having read all the prose that accompanied the first publication of this symphony, it seems that no-one is bothered by this outright publicity fraud. The wish is truly the parent of its promise! Yet at least the honest arranger Payne himself stressed that he wrote the work in as close an imitation of Elgar as he could - not pretending that Elgar really had a hand in it. If you don't mind me saying: The same as if Constable had painted a haystack in the corner of a canvas, plus three or four pencil marks elsewhere, and now some academic paints a full canvas in the master's style and exhibits it as a Constable. Would never get away with it in the art world!
In a word, the proper title would be ANTHONY PAYNE: A SYMPHONY ON THEMES OF EDWARD ELGAR.
Now if this interests you, fine - go ahead and buy it.
But I don't appreciate the stunt of putting ELGAR SYMPHONY #3 in big letters on the album's cover, because no such animal can be found on the disc.
In the world of art, where Constable trades for millions, they might even cut out the haystack and frame it separately. But no such courtesy or piety for Elgar!
The two stars are purely for the performance.
I hope Mr Payne continues to live happily in the borrowed light of Elgar, hearing HIS OWN SYMPHONY performed and recorded so often, despite the false pretences.
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