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Walton: Symphony No 1 / Andre Previn, London Symphony Orch


Release Date: 01/07/2008 
Label:  Rca Victor Gold Seal Catalog #: 7830   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSir William Walton
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


André Previn's Walton First Symphony remains the performance by which all others must be measured. Dating from the mid-1960s, at the start of Previn's highly successful tenure at the LSO, this recording impresses with the urgency and hair-trigger precision displayed by both conductor and orchestra. Has the first movement ever had more tension, the scherzo more malice, or the slow movement more bluesy melancholy? I doubt it. Even the finale works beautifully, its coda bringing the work to a satisfying culmination that never sounds too facile. Vaughan Williams' The Wasps Overture makes an excellent encore, just as magnificently played, and the sonics, outstanding for their day, still sound
Read more pretty wonderful. This disc, a true classic, never should be out of print, and thanks to Arkivmusic's on-demand release program, it won't be.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
The wasps: Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
2.
Symphony no 1 in B flat minor by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1935; England 

Featured Sound Samples

The Wasps: Overture
Symphony no 1: I. Allegro assai

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Still thrilling! June 6, 2012 By David L. (Chicago, IL) See All My Reviews "This is still the recording best able to capture the "film noir" moods of menace, anxiety and desolation in this work. The orchestra is excellent, tempos are moderate and 1930s atmosphere is pervasive." Report Abuse
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