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Walton: Symphony 1, Violin Concerto / Little, Gardner

Release Date: 05/27/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5136   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir William Walton
Performer:  Tasmin Little
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Gardner presides over blisteringly eloquent and splendidly unbuttoned accounts of both these Walton masterworks...Heaps to savour and cherish, in sum; certainly, seasoned Waltonians will have a ball. With magnificent truthful sound and judicious balance throughout, this terrific coupling should be snapped up without delay.

– Gramophone [7/2014]

***** (out of 5) – Disc of the Month
Little's way with the virtuoso passages … allow[s] the ear to savor her phenomenal accuracy, yet with no loss of fire… Gardner and the BBC SO provide an accompaniment whose range of detail… is never driven too hard… a masterclass in how to generate
Read more formidable dramatic voltage while keeping the music's eruptive energy on a tight rein.

– BBC Music Magazine

A compelling coupling of exceptionally fine Walton performances. Both these performances now become the modern benchmark for the respective works.

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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 in B flat minor by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1935; England 
Venue:  Fairfield Halls, Croydon 
Length: 42 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. Concerto for Violin in B minor by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Tasmin Little (Violin)
Conductor:  Edward Gardner
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939; England 
Date of Recording: 09/18/2012 
Venue:  Watford Colosseum 
Length: 33 Minutes 6 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1: I. Allegro assai
Symphony No. 1: II. Presto con malizia
Symphony No. 1: III. Andante con malinconia
Symphony No. 1: IV. Maestoso: Allegro brioso ed ardentemente
Violin Concerto (1943 version): I. Andante tranquillo
Violin Concerto (1943 version): II. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana
Violin Concerto (1943 version): III. Vivace

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