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LS 0681

Walton: Belshazzar's Feast/ Symphony No.1

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release date: June 2011


London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis

Peter Coleman-Wright


London Symphony Chorus


Barbican Centre, London


James Mallinson

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Orchestral & Concertos

Total Time - 80:17
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Belshazzar's Feast *

1 I 'Thus spake Isaiah' 5:26
2 II A Tempo - 'If I forget thee' 2:29
3 III 'By the waters of Babylon' 2:57
4 IV 'Bablyon was a great city' 4:03
5 V 'Praise ye the God of Gold!' 5:01
6 VI Allegro molto - 'Thus in Babylon' 2:05
7 VII 'Thou, O King, art King of Kings' 1:07
8 VIII 'And in that same hour' 6:07
9 IX 'The trumpeters and pipers' 1:03
10 X Allegro - 'Then sing aloud to God our strength' 4:00

Symphony No.1 **

11 I Allegro assai 14:46
12 II Scherzo: Presto, con malizia 6:41
13 III Andante con malincolia 11:41
14 IV Maestoso - Brioso ed ardentemente - Vivacissimo - Maestoso 12:51

Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast; Symphony No. 1 – Peter Coleman-Wright, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis

Symphony No. 1 and Belshazzar’s Feast, which were written consecutively, helped Walton consolidate his reputation as the most exciting British composer of his generation. Belshazzar’s Feast, a superbly crafted oratorio, vividly depicts the story of Babylon’s excesses and subsequent downfall, brilliantly coloured by the orchestral forces, including two brass bands. Similarly effervescent, volcanic sentiments simmer beneath the surface of the First Symphony, the music conveying the tensions of the 1930s, whilst remaining timeless in its appeal.

‘If you like your Walton unleashed at full and scalding voltage, look no further… their performance penetrates straight to the heart of the music.’

BBC Music (UK)

‘Disc of the Week’

The Sunday Times

Best of the Year Discs for 2011

One of the best Classical releases in  2011

Audiophile Audition - 27 December 2011

"Sir Colin and his LSO forces are in sizzling form in this truly revolutionary take on the often turgid oratorio form"

Limelight magazine

              Disc of the Week

" outstanding bargain ... The LSO Chorus give Walton’s grateful choral writing all they have, and the orchestra revel in his brilliant and unconventional orchestration. Davis, too, proves an absolutely authentic performer"

The Sunday Times

"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’ unravelling of Walton’s demanding part-writing in the First Symphony so clear, that their performance penetrates straight to the heart of the music"

BBC Music Magazine

"...(Belshazzar’s Feast’s) effervescent choruses are meat and drink to a top-flight choir such as the LSC ... the LSO at its virtuoso best"

Financial Times

                 Artistic Quality 9       Sound Quality 9

" comes in tandem with an absolutely smoking version of Belshazzar’s Feast, easily the finest performance in a decade or so, and the combination of the two earns this particular pairing a firm recommendation"


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