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Henri Sauguet's 'Expiatoire' Symphony
Posted by Jeffrey Davis on January 8, 2017, 9:28 pm
I totally agree with Jonathan Woolf's view that this symphony is underestimated and I'm really looking forward to receiving the new release of an alternative performance of Sauguet's moving and powerful score. However I doubt that I shall be 'ditching' my Marco Polo recording of the work under the late Antonio de Almeida with his Moscow orchestra, as Jonathan suggests in his interesting review. This recording, whatever its shortcomings, alerted me to the greatness of the score and has given me much emotional pleasure. Along with their pioneering CD releases of Gothic symphonies by Havergal Brian and Godfried Devreese and Harold Truscott's Symphony, it is one of my favourite Marco Polo symphony recordings.
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