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Elgar: Symphony 3 / Pomp & Circumstance March 6 [Hybrid SACD - DSD]

Elgar , Hickox , BBC National Orchestra of Wales Audio CD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Symphony No. 3, Op. 88 (elaborated A. Payne): I. Allegro molto maestosoAnthony Payne15:32Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 3, Op. 88 (elaborated A. Payne): II. Scherzo: AllegrettoAnthony Payne 9:52Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 3, Op. 88 (elaborated A. Payne): III. Adagio solenneAnthony Payne15:08Album Only
listen  4. Symphony No. 3, Op. 88 (elaborated A. Payne): IV. AllegroAnthony Payne15:04Album Only
listen  5. Queen Alexandra Memorial Ode, "So many true princesses who have gone" (arr. for chorus and orchestra)Adrian Partington Singers 6:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Military March No. 6, Op. 39, "Pomp and Circumstance" (completed and orch. by Anthony Payne)Bbc National Orchestra Of Wales 7:54$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales
  • Conductor: Hickox
  • Composer: Elgar
  • Audio CD (January 15, 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000WZ7I12
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,750 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the Best Elgar 3rd yet. December 9, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Anthony Payne spent almost 30 years trying to patch together Elgar's unfinished Third Symphony, with very impressive results, but results that are still hotly debated (more controversially than the various `performing versions' of Mahler's Tenth) today. It's much more convincing than the (fun) Elgar "Piano Concerto", but for all its quality, the second and third movements don't ring true. No performance will ever silence the debates over whether Payne's version is a success (as opposed to `mere attempt'), but this recording comes awfully close. It does so, because Hickox achieves to make the Symphony sound like ¬echt-Elgar, rather than collections of "Elgarian moments" strung together. The issue is made yet more interesting with the inclusions of two more Payne-elaborations: "So Many True Princesses Who Have Gone" and the Sixth Pomp & Circumstance March. The sound is unbeatable.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Perhaps the Best Elgar Third, but... February 20, 2013
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...what about Anthony Payne's realization of the work itself? Here my judgment is mixed. The first and last movements have the indelible feel of Elgar, and good feelings they are. Indeed, if I'm not paying attention I sometimes mistake that last movement for the Second Symphony. In between those bookends, however, are two movements that are tedious, wandering and really rather un-Elgarish, at least to my untrained ear. I've heard the recordings of the work conducted by Andrew Davis and Paul Daniel, and I do think that this one by the BBC National Orchestra of Wales under Richard Hickox does make a better case for the piece than they do, but that still doesn't make it a convincing case. Meanwhile, Payne's orchestration of So Many True Princesses Who Have Gone and his realization of the Pomp and Circumstance March No. 6 are more in tune with those two nondescript middle movements than they do with the more exciting portions of the Symphony No. 3. I found both quite unmemorable. My verdict: Of the 70 minutes of music, 30 of them consist of stirring faux Elgar. Maybe that half hour is going to be worth the price of the disc. Maybe not. Me, I haven't quite made up my mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two masterpieces in one! June 13, 2014
By lux
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Elgar's inspiration of generating this powerful material and Payne's work of assembling and completing it somehow fuse successfully into a stunning, cohesive feast of sharper, tenser drama, deeper pathos, and greater emotional breadth than anything else Elgar wrote -- supported by a kind of tone of otherworldly anticipation, a looking-backward and looking-forward at the same time, that reminds me a little of the late works of other composers (like Beethoven and Schubert) contemplating their lives while confronting their impending deaths.

This work embodies Elgar's continued evolution from the anguished despair of the Cello Concerto into a full and mature acceptance of the nature of life and death, and but for Payne's scholarly and artistic masterpiece of reconstruction, we could never have heard it.

This can't be quite the same symphony Elgar would have written -- in a way, it is both *by* and *about* him -- yet it is somehow my favorite of his three and it seems to me one of the greatest twentieth-century symphonies. I wish I could have heard it when I was first experiencing Elgar's other best works, and I'm so glad to have the chance now.

The performance is excellent as well and reflects some nice tuning from earlier ones. I wouldn't be surprised to see this work on a trajectory to enter the main repertoire of performing groups.

The extras are interesting but not at the same level. Get this album to be blown away by the symphony.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it December 1, 2013
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It's ad to know that Richard Hickox is no longer with us. This recording is a testament to his interpretation of the great Sir Edward Elgar.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I can't understand the babble about "Elgar's unfinished symphony". There is no such thing. Elgar never even got the first movement properly underway. Having read all the prose that accompanied the first publication of this symphony, it seems that no-one is bothered by this outright publicity fraud. The wish is truly the parent of its promise! Yet at least the honest arranger Payne himself stressed that he wrote the work in as close an imitation of Elgar as he could - not pretending that Elgar really had a hand in it. If you don't mind me saying: The same as if Constable had painted a haystack in the corner of a canvas, plus three or four pencil marks elsewhere, and now some academic paints a full canvas in the master's style and exhibits it as a Constable. Would never get away with it in the art world!
In a word, the proper title would be ANTHONY PAYNE: A SYMPHONY ON THEMES OF EDWARD ELGAR.
Now if this interests you, fine - go ahead and buy it.
But I don't appreciate the stunt of putting ELGAR SYMPHONY #3 in big letters on the album's cover, because no such animal can be found on the disc.
In the world of art, where Constable trades for millions, they might even cut out the haystack and frame it separately. But no such courtesy or piety for Elgar!
The two stars are purely for the performance.
I hope Mr Payne continues to live happily in the borrowed light of Elgar, hearing HIS OWN SYMPHONY performed and recorded so often, despite the false pretences.
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