WALTON Belshazzar's Feast, Symphony No 1 (2010)

Walton

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis

Belshazzar’s Feast originated in 1929 with a BBC commission for a small-scale choral work. Walton accepted, and turned to Osbert Sitwell for a libretto, but found that his material quickly outgrew his original conception. We should not overlook the essential part played by Osbert Sitwell in the success of Belshazzar, for in working the Biblical words into a compact and vivid libretto, he removed it from the world of extended and wordy Victorian settings of the same story and encapsulated the dramatic images of the story in a form that allowed Walton’s emergent genius a canvas on which it could work. Indeed Walton’s tight control of his material is underlined by his remark that he regarded the work less as an oratorio than a three-movement choral symphony.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Sir Colin Davis

Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1995, and then President from 2006 until his death in 2013, Sir Colin Davis performed regularly with the LSO at the Barbican and on tour. As well as featuring on many LSO Live recordings, helping to provide the label with significant profile in its early days, he also recorded widely with Philips, BMG and Erato. His LSO Live releases have won numerous prizes, including Grammy and Gramophone Awards, and a BBC Music Magazine Award (2007), and have covered, among others, repertoire by Berlioz, Dvo?.k, Elgar, Haydn, MacMillan, Sibelius, Tippett, and Verdi. Sir Colin was formerly Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1967–71), became the Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971, and was Principal Guest Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1998 to 2003. Other orchestras he held prominent positions with include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchetra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the English Chamber Orchestra.

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WALTON Belshazzar's Feast, Symphony No 1 (2010)

Walton

London Symphony Orchestra

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This release from the London Symphony Orchestra's own LSO Live label has several big things going for it and may make a good choice for those wanting a single disc of William Walton's orchestral music in their libraries on their hard drives. The DSD live sound is top-notch, with the massive percussion batteries of the oratorio coming through. Most important of all, each work is consistent, technically clean, nicely shaped, and entirely satisfying, with good articulation by the London Symphony Chorus in Belshazzar's Feast (texts are also included in the booklet). The Symphony No. 1 has a remarkable sense of presence and momentum in its slow movement.

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WALTON Belshazzar's Feast, Symphony No 1 (2010)

Walton

London Symphony Orchestra

Producer: James Mallinson
Recording Engineer: Neil Hutchinson (Classics Sound)
Recording location: Barbican, London England
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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"Belshazzar's Feast: i. ""Thus spake Isaiah"""
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"Belshazzar's Feast - ii. A tempo - ""If I forget thee"""
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"Belshazzar's Feast - iii. ""By the waters of Babylon"""
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"Belshazzar's Feast - iv. ""Babylon was a great city"""
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"Belshazzar's Feast - v. ""Praise ye the god of Gold!"""
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"Belshazzar's Feast - vi. Allegro molto - ""Thus in Babylon"""
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"Belshazzar's Feast - vii. ""Thou, O King, art King of Kings"""
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"Belshazzar's Feast - viii. ""And in that same hour"""
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"Belshazzar's Feast - ix. ""The trumpeters and pipers"""
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"Belshazzar's Feast - x. Allegro - ""Then sing aloud to God our strength"""
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Symphony No 1 - Allegro assai
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Symphony No 1 - Scherzo: Presto, con malizia
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Symphony No 1 - Andante con malinconia
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Symphony No 1 - Maestoso - Brioso ed ardentemente - Vivacissimo - Maestoso
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