This is a powerfull but rich recording of Walton's great symphony. Colin Davis provides the energy and power needed for the outer movements of the work but gets to the heart of the piece in the slow movement (and also in the slower part of the first movement). He never becomes merely aggressive or restless with the slower music as some other conductors do. The first movement has a real jagged power and the final movement provides a true sense of apotheosis. Overall, the interpretation has thrust and drive allied to a feeling for the emotion behind the work. Whilst I think Paul Daniel has a real feeling for the Walton idiom in his Naxos recording this version has better orchestral playing and better sound. I also like other versions by Previn and Vernon Handley but think that this version is now the one to have and that the recording quality is some of the best from the LSO Live source. This is a highly recommendable version of a classic of 20th century British Neo - Romanticism.
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I first heard this work, with its strong rhythmic dynamics, as a teenager in the 1960s. I still finding it exciting. Although first performed in the 1930s in my mind it conjures up images of the age of space exploration. Probably far from the composer's vision.
The recording is a non gimmicky sacd providing a realistic concert hall feel when played through a 5.1 system.