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Walton: Symphonies 1 & 2, Violin Concerto, Viola Concerto / Previn, Sargent, Fremaux, Walton


Release Date: 04/03/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 80501   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir William Walton
Performer:  Nigel KennedyRichard LewisElisabeth SchwarzkopfMarie Collier,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm SargentAndré PrevinSir William WaltonLouis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraLondon Symphony OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A box set which traces Walton’s career from its early days (his first orchestral work Portsmouth Point) through to the composer’s late sixties, this 5-CD compilation presents a fascinating selection of some of his largest-scale works. Ranging from the intense private display of the Viola Concerto—an instant success which quickly became revered the world over—to the ceremonial pomp of Crown Imperial, all facets of Walton’s compositional character are explored, fully justifying his status as the leading composer of his generation. A box set which traces Walton’s career from its early days (his first orchestral work Portsmouth Point) through to the composer’s late sixties, this 5-CD compilation presents a fascinating selection of some of his largest-scale works. Ranging from the intense private display of the Viola Concerto—an instant success which quickly became revered the world over—to the ceremonial pomp of Crown Imperial, all facets of Walton’s compositional character are explored, fully justifying his status as the leading composer of his generation. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 in B flat minor by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932-1935; England 
2.
Symphony no 2 by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1959-1960; England 
3.
Concerto for Viola by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929/1961; England 
4.
Concerto for Violin in B minor by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Nigel Kennedy (Violin)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1939; England 
5.
Troilus and Cressida: Is Cressida a slave? by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Richard Lewis (Tenor), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
6.
Troilus and Cressida: Slowly it all comes back by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: English 
7.
Troilus and Cressida: How can I sleep by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
8.
Troilus and Cressida: Is anyone there? by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Marie Collier (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1968 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
9.
Troilus and Cressida: If one last doubt by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Richard Lewis (Tenor), Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 9 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: English 
10.
Troilus and Cressida: Now close your arms by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Richard Lewis (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 1 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: English 
11.
Troilus and Cressida: Act 2 - Interlude by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
12.
Troilus and Cressida: From isle to isle chill waters by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Richard Lewis (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 2 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: English 
13.
Troilus and Cressida: All's well by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano), Monica Sinclair (Alto), Geoffrey Walls (Bass Baritone),
John Hauxvell (Baritone), Lewis Thomas (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 12 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Language: English 
14.
Troilus and Cressida: Diomede!...Father! by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir William Walton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 
Date of Recording: 1955 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 4 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: English 
15.
Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; England 
Date of Recording: 05/16/1972 
Venue:  EMI Studio no 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 9 Secs. 
16.
Portsmouth Point by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1973 
Venue:  EMI Studio no 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
17.
Comedy Overture "Scapino" by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 
Date of Recording: 06/05/1973 
Venue:  EMI Studio no 1, Abbey Road, London 
Length: 8 Minutes 38 Secs. 
18.
Belshazzar's Feast by Sir William Walton
Performer:  John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; England 
Date of Recording: 03/1972 
Venue:  Kingsway Hall, London 
Length: 37 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: English 
19.
Façade Suite by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1976 
Venue:  Bedworth Civic Centre 
Length: 22 Minutes 12 Secs. 
20.
Gloria by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Barbara Robotham (Mezzo Soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Brian Rayner Cook (Baritone)
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1961; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1976 
Venue:  Birmingham Town Hall 
Length: 18 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
21.
Coronation March "Orb and Sceptre" by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1976 
Venue:  Birmingham Town Hall 
Length: 6 Minutes 50 Secs. 
22.
Coronation Te Deum by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Francis Grier (Organ)
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Worcester Cathedral Choir,  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952-1953; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1976 
Venue:  Birmingham Town Hall 
Length: 9 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
23.
Coronation March "Crown Imperial" by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1937; England 
Date of Recording: 09/1976 
Venue:  Birmingham Town Hall 
Length: 8 Minutes 59 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor (1989 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro assai
Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Presto, con malizia
Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Andante con malinconia
Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor (1989 Digital Remaster): IV. Maestoso - Brioso ed ardentemente - Vivacissimo - Maestoso
Symphony No. 2 (1989 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 2 (1989 Digital Remaster): II. Lento assai
Symphony No. 2 (1989 Digital Remaster): III. Passacaglia: Theme (Risoluto), Variations, Fugato, and Coda (Scherzando - Presto)
Viola Concerto (revised version): I. Andante comodo
Viola Concerto (revised version): II. Vivo, con molto preciso
Viola Concerto (revised version): III. Allegro moderato
Violin Concerto (revised version): I. Andante tranquillo
Violin Concerto (revised version): II. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana - Trio (Canzonetta) - Tempo I
Violin Concerto (revised version): III. Vivace

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