Elgar left only sketches for a third symphony when he died and it was not until 1998 that Anthony Payne completed these to produce what was hailed as one of the musical events of the decade.
"Totally compelling from first note to last ... Davis wrings out even more feeling than his predecessors."
"Payne’s achievement is one of the musical wonders of the last 50 years ... The symphony’s first great recording."
"There’s an inner intensity that makes passage after passage come to life as never before. Strongly recommended, even to those who already have an Elgar 3 on disc."
"Not only do Davis and his excellent band distil a remarkable level of concentration in this nobly defiant, dark hued essay, they also locate a heartache and intimacy that touch to the very marrow."