Started by tjguitar, April 16, 2007, 09:15:49 AM
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Quote from: 71 dB on April 16, 2007, 11:28:06 AMI am not giving up. Those concertos is one option, of course. Thanks!
Quote from: Boris_G on July 12, 2007, 01:24:29 PM71 dB - did you ever get around to trying those concertos?
Quote from: Don on July 12, 2007, 01:59:16 PMLet's not forget that Walton didn't live the exceptional life of Elgar.
Quote from: bwv 1080 on July 12, 2007, 01:56:58 PMTry the 5 Bagatelles written for Julian Bream. The best recording IMO is the original Bream 20th century guitar, which unfortunately has gone out of print
Quote from: Boris_G on July 12, 2007, 02:05:12 PM Not sure how to interpret this. Walton certainly was a far better composer than he was a man. His personal behaviour could be quite poisonous, as I understand it, and he was exceedingly jealous of other people's success. By comparison Elgar was certainly no saint, but did much to promote work by younger colleagues (e.g. Samuel Coleridge Taylor).
Quote from: bhodges on July 12, 2007, 02:13:57 PMI just realized I have heard this piece, with Sharon Isbin. If you have heard hers, do you still prefer the Bream? (I haven't heard any others.)--Bruce
Quote from: Dundonnell on October 22, 2007, 03:41:12 PMAlthough I admire most British composers active throughout the twentieth century I am often disappointed by Walton. Clearly he was a composer of great talent and the list of his compositions whilst in his twenties and thirties contain a number of masterpieces or near masterpieces. 'Belshazzar's Feast' is an exciting and dramatic oratorio, the 1st symphony is a work of very considerable power and-at times-snarling menace. These are certainly personal favourites. After the war however there just seems to have been a long period of much more modest achievement with few works which resonate long in the memory. I try to like the Cello Concerto(1956) and the 2nd symphony(1960) but there just seems something lacking. Walton's move to take up residence on Ischia in the Bay of Naples supposedly added a 'Mediterranean warmth' to his music but-to my ears-it is more a 'Mediterranean languor', a sort of sleepy laziness. The enormous promise of the young composer seems to have dissipated. The great works which might have been expected from the older composer just don't seem to have been written.I remember as a boy reacting violently against what my friends and I thought was a national obsession with the music of Benjamin Britten and the neglect of composers like Walton. Now however I do have to admit that Britten was a greater composer and a composer of much more depth.
Quote from: Dundonnell on October 24, 2007, 07:08:52 AMI am not a great opera fan either but there can surely be no doubt that Britten's operas are major achievements which dwarf Walton's two(?) operas.Have to say that I also much prefer the Britten Violin Concerto to that by Walton. I always find the last movement of the Britten particularly affectingly beautiful.Still, I had better not break my own rule of not comparing composers!!
Quote from: Guido on June 05, 2008, 12:14:08 PMRecommendations for a recording of Facade please!
Quote from: Guido on June 05, 2008, 12:14:08 PMRecommendations for a recording of Facade please!Also Dundonnell - have you tried the Tim Hugh recording of the cello concerto on Naxos?
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