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Elgar: Symphony No. 3 - Sketches elaborated by Anthony Payne

April 5, 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2002
  • Release Date: April 5, 2005
  • Label: LSO Live
  • Copyright: 2002 London Symphony Orchestra Ltd
  • Total Length: 57:34
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  • ASIN: B000QQRHO0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #403,873 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bubny on October 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Anthony Payne's "elaboration" of Elgar's sketches for an uncompleted Third Symphony may have yielded a best-seller (in the recording conducted by Andrew Davis) and caroling among British reviewers, but the fact remains that more so than, say, any of the "completions" of Mahler's Tenth Symphony, this inevitably falls short of what the original composer must have intended. Payne (or is it Elgar?) all too often substitutes repetition for genuine development--whether due to a lack of available material to flesh out, I don't know. With that said, there's enough of interest to justify Payne's efforts to bring this collection of sketches to life.

In this LSO Live recording, the better-known conductor-knight with the surname Davis--Sir Colin--succceeds to a remarkable degree in overcoming the inherent problems of this score (which might be compared to Elgar's First and Second Symphonies the way "Godfather Part III" compares to its Oscar-winning siblings). He imposes structural integrity and strength upon a work that can all too easily come across as ramshackle. He does not deliver as idiomatic a sound-picture as does Andrew Davis, but it can be argued that 20-plus years after his Second Symphony, Elgar was trying for a more "modern" feel and so considerations of maintaining an Elgarian idiom are perhaps less relevant here. Like other LSO Live releases, the recording is constrained and lacking in sumptuousness, but the performance surmounts this shortcoming.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 21, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The new LSO Live label, and in particular those releases featuring Sir Colin Davis, have been greeted by massive critical acclaim. While I don't own every title in the series, I do have a half-dozen of them, and Davis' recordings of the Elgar Symphonies are in my opinion even more significant than his award-winning Berlioz titles. The reason I believe this is I've already heard Sir Colin perform brilliant Berlioz, and less successful Dvorak (see my review), from 1970s sessions for Philips, while the Elgar is new. I love hearing the great British conductors tackle the greatest British composer, particularly when it is Barbirolli or Boult, and now Davis joins that great company. Of even more significance is Davis' promotion of the 3rd Symphony, which Elgar only sketched and was completed by Anthony Payne ten years ago. Of course, Boult and Barbirolli never had a chance to lend their two cents on this completed work, but many contemporary conductors have yet to touch it either. To the best of my knowledge, the only other Elgar/Payne Thirds available are Andrew Davis' full-price CD and the Naxos title. Considering with this account by Colin Davis you get the best of both worlds -- a world-renowned conductor at a budget price -- it is clearly the one to buy.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jurgen Lawrenz on May 17, 2013
Format: Audio CD
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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