Feast. Symphony No. 2. Portsmouth Point Overture.
Scapino - Comedy Overture.
John Shirley-Quirk, baritone; London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus; André Previn, cond.
EMI CLASSICS DVDA 924029 TT: 79:44
Here is a generous collection of magnificent performances. Previn's account of Walton's Biblical cantata is among the finest recorded and now we hear it in new clarity and impact. Originally recorded in 1972, it has been remixed for 4.0 surround providing a richer sound than before, but without directionality that could have been used effectively for the two off-stage bands. The two overtures and second symphony are equally well done. A worthy collection.
DELOS DV 7002 TT: 93 min.
A magnificent disk in spectacular surround sound! Track I, an 8-minute suite from Korngold's score for The Sea Hawk with James DePriest and the Oregon Symphony, is the first of many sonic treats, with music of Bizet, Berlioz, Kern, Gershwin, Copland and Mussorgsky, conductors Zdenek Macal, Andrew Litton, Dennis Keene, and organist Wayne Marshall. This fine disk apparently has been discontinued; it's worth looking for. The generous playing time is commendable.