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Walton: Spitfire Prelude And Fugue, Etc / Daniel, Donohue


Release Date: 06/01/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8553869   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir William Walton
Performer:  Peter Donohoe
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern PhilharmoniaEnglish Northern Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This disc was Gramophone's "Recording of the Month" for May 1999.
William Walton's 'Spitfire' Prelude and Fugue resulted from a commission for a 1942 film that paid tribute to the designer of the Spitfire plane. Appropriately and exuberantly patriotic, this piece is particularly memorable for the passage for solo violin that rises above a single-note rhythm played by double basses.
Walton's Sinfonia Concertante is a mercurial and stately work that occasionally brings Prokofiev to mind, especially the sparkling final movement, which recalls that composer's third piano concerto. The Andante con modo, an exceptionally beautiful movement, features a lyrical string section against the falling figures of the piano.
Variations on a Theme
Read more by Hindemith (drawn from Hindemith's Cello Concerto) was written as a return favor to Paul Hindemith who helped bring about the first performance of Walton's Violin Concerto. The Scherzando is memorable for its percussion while the skittery Vivacissimo is a delight for its carefree spirit. The March was originally intended for the 1959 television series, A History of the English-Speaking Peoples. Although this piece (so obviously rooted in Walton's 'Crown Imperial' mode) never made it into the series, it has survived as an occasional concert filler. The English Northern Philharmonia gives it a rousing performance. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Prelude and Fugue "Spitfire" by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 41 Secs. 
2.
A History of English Speaking Peoples: March by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959; England 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
3.
Sinfonia Concertante by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Peter Donohoe (Piano)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927/1943; England 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 17 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1927 
4.
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Northern Philharmonia
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962-1963; England 
Date of Recording: 1996 
Venue:  Town Hall, Leeds, England 
Length: 22 Minutes 45 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Spitfire Prelude and Fugue
Sinfonia Concertante (original 1926 version): I. Maestoso - Allegro spiritoso
Sinfonia Concertante (original 1926 version): II. Andante comodo
Sinfonia Concertante (original 1926 version): III. Allegro molto
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Tema: Andante con moto
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Var. I: Vivace
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Var. II: Allegramente
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Var. III: Larghetto
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Var. IV: Moto perpetuo - Con slancio
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Var. V: Andante con moto
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Var. VI: Scherzando
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Var. VII: Lento molto
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Var. VIII: Vivacissimo
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Var. IX: Maestoso
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Finale: Allegro molto
Variations on a Theme by Hindemith: Coda: A tempo primo
March - A History of the English-speaking Peoples: March for 'A History of the English Speaking Peoples'

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