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Walton: Violin & Viola Concertos, Partita / Menuhin, Walton

Release Date: 09/10/2002 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 65005   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Sir William Walton
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
Conductor:  William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraNew Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia 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

"Like Elgar before him, Walton was among his own finest interpreters on disc. He may have jokingly told the players that he was an amateur, but he belied that in the confident way (left hand firmly in pocket) he could steer them through the most intricate changes of bar length and rhythmic pattern... with excellent notes by Michael Kennedy and Lyndon Jenkins, skilfully adapted from the ones in the original boxed set. The Violin and Viola Concertos were not works associated with Menuhin before he made these recordings, but he was challenged here to give characteristically sweet and lyrical accounts, magnetic in the poignantly meditative moments, with ever-fluent rubato. This account of the Viola Concerto was the first disc to adopt the Read more spacious approach which has tended to predominate ever since... The Violin Concerto, too, has tended, as here, to be taken more broadly over the years, losing nothing in warmth and only a fraction in fire and drama. Walton’s well-pointed accompaniments are models of understanding. The Partita, full of fun and only a little less fiery than Szell’s classic reading, makes up a generously filled disc." -- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone 7/2000 Read less

Works on This Recording

Concerto for Violin in B minor by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Conductor:  William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939; England 
Date of Recording: 1969 
Notes: revised version 
Concerto for Viola by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Viola)
Conductor:  William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929/1961; England 
Date of Recording: 1968 
Notes: revised version 
Partita for Orchestra by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Date of Recording: 1959 

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