LABELS: Telarc Bravo!
WORKS: Symphony No. 1; Crown Imperial; Orb and Sceptre
PERFORMER: RPO/André Previn
CATALOGUE NO: CD-82016 DDD (1987)
This really is a winner. Previn is a born Waltonian. His earlier recording of the First Symphony, made for RCA in 1966 (and still available), is a benchmark, and this later one is just as stunning in its own way. It catches the tensions of the opening Allegro and the malice of the Scherzo – and the rhetorical finale ends in a blaze of glory. The two Coronation marches make a duly ceremonial coupling. Wadham Sutton