"The first movement is one of the most exhilarating in any 20th Century symphony, and all its power and propulsive energy is unleashed in Sir Colin’s performance. The LSO cover themselves in glory with crisp rhythms and virtuosic playing from every department."
The Mail on Sunday - 30 April 2006
"No-one has exposed its troubled heart with greater care than Sir Colin. The sound is terrific ... don’t hesitate!"
Classical CD of the Month
Hi-Fi News - April 2005
"The whole performance, taken from concerts at the Barbican late last year, has a power and eloquence and tragic intensity that show the orchestra, their conductor, Colin Davis, and the work at their splendid best. Even André Previn’s 1966 account wilts alongside this dazzler"
The Times - 30 April 2006
"Yet again, the London Symphony Orchestra has scored a hands-down success for their in-house record label, LSO Live. Sir Colin has long been a champion of English music, but even by his standards this is a vital performance. The LSO grapple with Walton’s technically demanding score with apparent ease ... It’s one of their strongest releases yet"
MusicOMH.com - 22 April 2006
"The playing is staggeringly impressive - this orchestra is quite incapable of playing a wrong note - and Sir Colin’s reading is astounding ... he shapes the structure with unerring mastery. Sir Colin demonstrates what great conducting in this work can achieve. He holds the orchestraon a tight rein, but never to the detriment of expressivity, even in the Scherzo, and when he gives the LSO its head the effect is electrifying. What is also surely beyond dispute isthat this is a performance that will stand the test of time for generations to come"
International Record Review - June 2006
Gramophone - August 2006
Listeners CD of the Year
BBC Radio 3 - CD Review
The Best Walton Symp 1 ... by far! Excellent, modern digital recording + superb sound engineering (e.g., no annoying live-audience noises/distractions); performance best by far: e.g., superior controlled pace, tempo/rhythm/meter, acceleration, timing, dynamics.