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Walton: Symphony No 1, Cello Concerto / Rattle, Harrell


Release Date: 06/08/2007 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 54572   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir William Walton
Performer:  Lynn Harrell
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Even Simon Rattle has rarely made a more electrifying recording with the CBSO than this outstanding version of Walton's First Symphony. To confirm the strongest of recommendations comes the most powerful version of the Cello Concerto yet, making an exceptionally generous coupling. . . . Where Rattle now scores is that like Previn he combines that idiomatic rhythmic freedom with a precision of ensemble far keener than that on the Thomson version. It is the old problem of a full orchestra achieving knife-edged precision while sounding spontaneously expressive, and Rattle has the benefit of players who understand him perfectly. . . . [T]he new Rattle with its brilliant, wide-ranging digital sound makes a clear first choice, particularly when Read more Lynn Harrell's reading of the Cello Concerto, with Rattle an ever-sympathetic partner, proves so commanding. . . . With Harrell more than others I have no feeling of the slow music in this largely lyrical work overbalancing the fast, and his most remarkable achievement comes in the finale. There, after a statement of the variation theme that is warm and full of fantasy, rather Bloch-like, he plays the two cadenzas with such power and concentration that far more than usual they take the argument forward . . . . In every way an outstanding issue." -- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in B flat minor by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1935; England 
2.
Concerto for Cello by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Lynn Harrell (Cello)
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956/1974; England 

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