WALTON: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; Sonata for String Orchestra; Partita for Orchestra – James Ehnes, viola/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Edward Gardner – Chandos
James Ehnes and Edward Gardner collaborate in virtuosic, colorful scores from William Walton. WALTON: Concerto for Viola and Orchestra; Sonata for String Orchestra; Partita for Orchestra – James Ehnes, viola/ BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Edward Gardner – Chandos CHSA 5210, 65:50 (4/6/18) [Distr. by Naxos] ****: William Walton (1902-1983) composed his Viola Concerto in A minor […]
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ELGAR: Cello Concerto in e minor; WALTON: Cello Concerto; G. HOLST: Invocation; I. HOLST: The Fall of the Leaf – Steven Isserlis, cello/ Philharmonia Orch./ Paavo Jarvi – Hyperion
Steven Isserlis asserts his supremacy in British cello artistry with two major concertos and two unfamiliar works dear to his heart. ELGAR: Cello Concerto in e minor, Op. 85; WALTON: Cello Concerto; G. HOLST: Invocation, Op. 19, No. 2; I. HOLST: The Fall of the Leaf for Solo Cello – Steven Isserlis, cello/ Philharmonia Orch./ […]
“Music from Great Shakespearean Films” = by SHOSTAKOVICH; WALTON; ROZSA – National Philharmonic Orch./ Bernard Herrmann – HDTT
A largely fine tribute to Bernard Herrmann can be recommended with enthusiasm.
MIKLOS ROZSA: Spellbound – The Classic Film Score Of Miklós Rózsa – The National Philharmonic Orch. / Charles Gerhardt – HDTT
The Spellbound score is made even more gripping thru Rozsa’s use of the theremin.
WALTON: Cello Concerto; KHACHATURIAN: Cello Concerto – Erling Bloemdal Bengtsson, cello/ Iceland Sym. Orch./ Zuohuang Chen (Walton)/ Damain Iorio – Danacord
Two impressively mounted cello concertos performed by Danish virtuoso Bengtsson attest to his easy virtuosity in diverse styles.
WALTON: Cello Concerto; DVORAK: Cello Concerto in B Minor – Gregor Piatagorsky, c./ Boston Sym. Orch./ Charles Munch – Pristine Audio
A warm virtuosity we often miss in our current cello superstars well defines the Piatagorsky style, eminently displayed in two major concertos, here beautifully restored.
IRELAND: Piano Concerto; BRIDGE: Phantasm; WALTON: Sinfonia Concertante – Kathryn Stott, p./ Royal Philharmonic/ Vernon Handley – Dutton
High energy in rare keyboard works from three British composers, of whom the Ireland remains most familiar and the other two demanding more fame.
* Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass Live – Works of WALTON, BACH, G. GABRIELI, GRAINGER, REVUELTAS, PROKOFIEV – CSO Resound
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Cembal d’amour pays fine homage to Emanuel Vardi, one of the more eloquent advocates for viola music in the modern repertory.
Belshazzar’s Feast is one of Walton’s most celebrated compositions and one of the most popular choral/orchestral works in the English language.