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Walton is splendidly pompous and circumstantial when extolling the
Babylonian gods. Here, for instance, is the 'God of Gold'
[listen -- CD1 track 5, 0:00-1:45].
Once Belshazzar has been weighed in the balance and found wanting, the Jews
can really let rip
[listen -- CD1 track 8, 0:00-1:14].
Sargent's vitality matches Walton's, and he has his forces under masterful
control; the recorded sound effortlessly dismisses fifty years and makes me
wish I could be digitally remastered.
It would be good to take a break for meditation before the Elgar.
The Surikov painting on the booklet cover of Belshazzar's Feast
could conceivably be a memorable night out for Cardinal Newman's demons;
and one might shed a tear for Surikov, whose work in the Moscow Cathedral
of Christ the Saviour survived until Stalin turned it into a swimming pool.
Now for Elgar. The Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra shows its paces at once
in the Prelude
[listen -- CD1 track 11, 5:45-7:28].
I'm not sure I agree with Alec Robertson's view that Sargent had achieved
'greater spiritual perception' since the 1945 recording I grew up on.
Copyright © 29 June 2004
Robert Anderson, London UK