Holiday Shop


WGBH Radio WGBH Radio theclassicalstation.org

Walton: Viola Concerto; Rubbra / Volkov, Power, Et Al


Release Date: 08/10/2007 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67587   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Edmund RubbraSir William Walton
Performer:  Lawrence Power
Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
In Stock: Usually ships in 24 hours.  
On sale! $21.98
CD:  $19.99
In Stock



Notes and Editorial Reviews

A superb player and his team go back to Walton’s original with terrific results.

It is good to welcome a modern recording of Walton’s Viola Concerto in its original orchestration. When in 1938 Frederick Riddle, principal viola of the LSO, first recorded this seminal work (Dutton, 12/93), Walton had yet to slim down the orchestration to make the concerto more accessible. But even dedicated Waltonians may not notice much difference, particularly when in this fine recording the balance marginally favours the solo instrument. Yet as Leo Black suggests in his booklet-notes, the result “perhaps conveys to a greater extent the freshness and grittiness of Walton’s original conception”.

This was in many ways the
Read more breakthrough work in Walton’s early career; it brought together in full maturity his distinctive mixture of yearning lyricism and jazzily syncopated writing. Lawrence Power serves the work superbly, with subtler detail than Lars Anders Tomter (Naxos, 5/96) and a lighter vibrato than Nobuko Imai adopts (Chandos, 4/93). Riddle’s is arguably still the finest version, with speeds marginally faster than modern versions, something approved by Walton. Yet Power, like Tomter and Imai, is not much slower than Riddle in the Andante comodo first movement. In the finale differences in timing between Riddle and modern versions is greater, largely because of the final expansive epilogue, which clearly echoes the accompanied cadenzas of Elgar’s Violin Concerto.

For most Walton enthusiasts the rivals’ couplings will be more attractive but the two Rubbra items here are welcome. His orchestration in the Concerto is never as clear as Walton’s but it suits his musical idiom with its reliance on perfect fourths and other open intervals, as well as plainsong. The Meditations on a Byzantine Theme, the first recording in the version for unaccompanied viola, makes an apt extra. All told, a superb disc, much to be welcomed.

-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [7/2007]
Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Viola in A major, Op. 75 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer:  Lawrence Power (Viola)
Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; England 
2.
Meditations on a Byzantine Hymn for Viola solo, Op. 117 by Edmund Rubbra
Performer:  Lawrence Power (Viola)
Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962; England 
3.
Concerto for Viola by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Lawrence Power (Viola)
Conductor:  Ilan Volkov
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929/1961; England 

Customer Reviews

Be the first to review this title
Review This Title
Review This Title Share on Facebook




YOU MUST BE A SUBSCRIBER TO LISTEN TO ARKIVMUSIC STREAMING.
TRY IT NOW FOR FREE!
Sign up now for two weeks of free access to the world's best classical music collection. Keep listening for only $19.95/month - thousands of classical albums for the price of one! Learn more about ArkivMusic Streaming
Aleady a subscriber? Sign In