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Walton: Belshazzar's Feast; Coronation Te Deum; Missa Brevis; Etc.

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012
Solti's Belshazzar's Feast is more symphonic than dramatic but monumentally impressive. Preston directs a useful anthology of short choral works.

Gramophone Magazine (Belshazzar's Feast, Coronation Te Deum)
Decca have done it again, transferring this highly spectacular choral work [Belshazzar's Feast] with incredible aplomb. The Coronation Te Deum is hardly less impressive, the choral sound richer textured to suit the occasion, and there is a great bass pedal effect near the end. ... Solti has come to Belshazzar's Feast, a great British masterpiece, and in his refreshing way has given it a crisp, international look ... It is certainly a most distinctive performance, sharply focused and helped by a recording of superb clarity and brilliance ... Indeed the range and bite of the sound here is little short of miraculous.

Gramophone Magazine (CD2: Choral works)
The disc thus gives a panorama of the composer's choral development over five decades ... Preston has welded the choir into a most expressive and flexible instrument ... The disc does credit to all concerned and will add lustre to the already high standard of Argo recordings in this field.

Gramophone Magazine (Songs)
Heather Harper's singing ... is a constant pleasure. Paul Hamburger, a first-rate accompanist who has appeared far too little on records, plays the quite demanding piano parts with great skill and sensitivity.


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