Julian Haylock
Classic FM

Not since Deryck Cooke's 1960s completion of Mahler's Tenth has a musical restoration captured the public's imagination as much as Elgar's Third with Anthony Payne. The catalogue already boasts four excellent accounts under Paul Daniel (Naxos), Andrew Davis (NMC), Colin Davis (LSO Live) and Richard Hickox (Chandos), the last of which, like Otaka's version, features the Pomp and Circumstance March No 6. Even if Otaka lacks the Edwardian swagger of his predecessors, it is revelatory to hear a Japanese orchestra sounding so confident and resplendent in music that, culturally speaking, might as well come from another planet.