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Re: Henri Sauguet's 'Expiatoire' Symphony
I've now listened to the new release of the 1948 recording and Jonathan Woolf is quite right in his review. It is performed with much greater urgency than the Marco Polo release. It was like listening to a different work! At first I thought it sounded like a 33rpm LP being played at 78rpm so slow is the Marco Polo performance. Still, I like this moving, powerful and underrated symphony so much that I'm delighted to now have two alternative versions to listen to. The 1948 performance shows the influence of Sibelius to a greater extent I think. Another reason to hang on to the Marco Polo release is because it contains fascinating notes on the composer and on the symphony - the new release has no notes. Incidentally I'm aware that I'm having this discussion with myself but who cares!
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