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Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, Symphony No.1 / Davis, London Symphony

Walton / London Sym Orch / Davis
Release Date: 03/08/2011 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 681  
Composer:  Sir William Walton
Performer:  Peter Coleman-Wright
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The LSO Chorus give Walton’s grateful choral writing all they have, and the orchestra revel in his brilliant and unconventional orchestration: E flat clarinet, alto saxophone, exotic percussion and extra brass. Davis, too, proves an absolutely authentic performer. He has come late to this thrilling choral drama on disc, but better that than never.

– Sunday Times

Davis emphasizes more than usual the operatic element latent in the work and with which he is perhaps more familiar. Isaiah's opening prophecy of disaster is dramatically sung by the excellent chorus...The work springs instantly to life, and the lament of the Psalm setting 'By the waters of Babylon', one of its finest parts, is imbued with a sense of
Read more tragedy. Davis draws beautiful playing from the orchestra.

– International Record Review

If you like your Walton unleashed at full and scalding voltage, look no further. The [LSO's] trademark virtuosity and panache are so great, and the players' unraveling of Walton's demanding part-writing in the First Symphony so clear, that their performance penetrates straight to the heart of the music...[in Belshazzar] the central 'Feast' and closing 'Hymn of Praise' are each propelled by a rampant percussive firepower...Coleman-Wright is a formidable soloist.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Belshazzar's Feast by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Peter Coleman-Wright (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; England 
Date of Recording: September, 2008 
Venue:  Barbican Centre, London 
Language: English 
2.
Symphony no 1 in B flat minor by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1935; England 
Date of Recording: September, 2008 
Venue:  Barbican Centre, London 

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