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3.0 out of 5 stars Lack of acoustic 'life' is the price you pay for Live Recordings, 8 Feb. 2012
This review is from: Elgar: Symphony No. 2 (LSO Davis) (Audio CD)
No one doubts Colin Davis' commitment to the music here. The faint vocal noises from Davis which accompany the recording are evidence of that. But for all his commitment the CD fails to deliver on a sonorously pleasing account of Elgar's Second. It's a pity because it may have been a good performance were we there in person (one senses the the third movement is particularly exciting); but the recording falls on want of volume, reverb and a satisfying balance of orchestral timbres. All this contributes to a sense of want of 'vitality', atmosphere and dynamism. I would suggest the Adrian Boult version as an alternative.
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2014 08:45:26 GMT
M. J. Walker says:
The Adrian Boult versionS - there are at least 3, so which do you mean? I am most moved by his earliest, made in 1944 with the BBC SO - urgent, desperate, even agonised.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Feb 2014 16:17:55 GMT
Erudite says:
Thank you for your comment. I was not aware of the other Boult recordings of the second symphony, but needless to say I am now! I was referring to the 1976 version of Boult's second symphony. This is not to say that this version is the definitive interpretation of the work. I fully appreciate that this is a difficult symphony to 'get right'. Complex syncopations and rhythms are not easy to pull off. I look forward in due course to being introduced to the 1944 version and to hear for myself the urgent, agonised version of 1944 that so moved you.
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