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British Composers - Walton: Belshazzar's Feast, Etc / Previn


Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 64723   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sir William Walton
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This time I have been readily convinced too that Previn's 1972 version of Belshazzar's Feast, recorded at the time of the composer's 70th birthday, is preferable to his more recent version on the RPO/ASV label. The bite of the choral sound and the closer focus make the result far sharper and more dramatic, even though some of the speeds are more spacious. I also prefer John Shirley-Quirk as soloist to the less firm Benjamin Luxon. The digital transfer is outstandingly good with fine bloom and plenty of weight. EMI also provide a more generous coupling, the two comedy overtures and the Improvisations instead of the Henry V suite.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone
This time I have been readily convinced too that Previn's 1972 version of Belshazzar's Feast, recorded at the time of the composer's 70th birthday, is preferable to his more recent version on the RPO/ASV label. The bite of the choral sound and the closer focus make the result far sharper and more dramatic, even though some of the speeds are more spacious. I also prefer John Shirley-Quirk as soloist to the less firm Benjamin Luxon. The digital transfer is outstandingly good with fine bloom and plenty of weight. EMI also provide a more generous coupling, the two comedy overtures and the Improvisations instead of the Henry V suite.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 
Date of Recording: 05/16/1972 
Venue:  EMI Studio no 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 9 Secs. 
2.
Portsmouth Point by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1973 
Venue:  EMI Studio no 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
3.
Comedy Overture "Scapino" by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1973 
Venue:  EMI Studio no 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 38 Secs. 
4.
Belshazzar's Feast by Sir William Walton
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 37 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 

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