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This review is from: Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, Symphony No.1 (LSO/Davis) (Audio CD)
At over 80 minutes of music, with the two great orchestral milestones of Walton's career - this is a pretty good package.
I have loved the first symphony for many decades and have never found anything to surpass the Previn versions - but I keep looking and when I attend concerts it's such an overwhelming experience, that I really wish there was a modern version with great sound, to replace those.
The sound on this CD though is variable and while the percussion, Timpani and low brass sound great - they tend to overpower the rest. The strings and high woodwind sound a bit "weedy" and exposed? There is a great Tuba sound in both pieces, but overall, I think the sound suits Belshazzar's Feast more than the Symphony.
I really liked the Feast on offer here and it is now my favourite version for sheer sonic spectacle and excitement. However, the symphony just doesn't sound right and there are key moments where it doesn't work - the strings are too thin throughout.
I do like both performances and we have to accept that this is live - but I will keep searching for the perfect recording of the symphony and enjoy the choral piece with its spectacular widescreen vistas!
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Initial post: 9 Apr 2011 23:10:03 BDT
Jeffrey Davis says:
Try Bryden Thomson on Chandos for a wonderful performance of the Symphony.
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