Started by tjguitar, April 16, 2007, 09:15:49 AM
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Quote from: hautbois on April 23, 2007, 08:40:37 PMI must admit that i have yet to venture into more works by English composers (Britten, RVW, Walton to name a few), maybe their chamber music for oboe and some of the more popular works like Peter Grimes or the Young Person's Guide or say the Fantasy on Greensleeves. I recently heard Walton's violin concerto live and i gotta say that i didn't enjoy it much. Perhaps some recommendations for his more easily accessible works and recordings? Henry V? I know EMI has a huge catelogue from the old school English conductos with orchestra such as the LPO, Philharmonia and Halle, but i have no idea where to start. Thankyou!Howard
Quote from: gomro on June 05, 2008, 05:29:00 PMI'm in this queue too; I just purchased my first Walton disc about 3 days ago. It was a Naxos disc in the used bin at the local record shop, and I haven't had the chance to hear much of it yet:
Quote from: vandermolen on June 05, 2008, 11:53:51 PMYou have made a very good choice! That is an excellent disc. The Sinfonia Concertante (effectively a piano concerto) is a fine and rather moving work, which should be better known. The Hindemith Variations is one of Walton's finest scores...a deeply satisfying work and the Spitfire Prelude is fun... a patriotic wartime contribution from Walton for a feature film: "The First of the Few", about Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire, who battled against a fatal illness to complete his design for the famous aircraft as World War Two approached.
Quote from: vandermolen on June 05, 2008, 11:53:51 PMNext stop; Symphony No 1.
Quote from: Wanderer on June 06, 2008, 01:12:57 AMSeconded. A splendid release!No, no, no...Next stop, Belshazzar's Feast.
Quote from: vandermolen on June 08, 2008, 11:01:15 AMSymphony No 1 definitely
Quote from: Wanderer on June 08, 2008, 11:33:35 AMA temporary parting of the ways, then. See ya at the Feast!
Quote from: Guido on June 08, 2008, 03:06:12 PMGentlemen, please. They are not mutually exclusive - surely the best answer would be to get both right away! And the cello and violin and viola concertos.
Quote from: vandermolen on October 24, 2007, 12:18:22 AMAgree about "Mediterranean languor" with Walton. Still prefer him to Britten but that is probably because I listen to virtually no opera. I think that Walton's First is better than anything by Britten although I rate the War Requiem and Sinfonia da Requiem very highly. Watlon's film music is very good, especially Henry V which is a masterpiece but also As You Like It and Hamlet. Marriner's Henry V on Chandos (with Christopher Plummer) is one of the great Walton discs.
Quote from: drogulus on June 14, 2008, 09:18:45 AMI rate Britten's Cello Symphony very highly (I'm a recent convert).
Quote from: Guido on September 15, 2009, 07:15:52 AMJust listened again to Walton Sinfonia Concertante - whenever I have seen this mentioned in critical literature it has always been commented that this is "not one of his better works" - they all say it, so I feel like this view has stemmed from somewhere, and has just stuck as these things tend to. Does anyone know who that assessment of the piece started with? I strongly disagree - it's a wonderful work - incredibly beautiful and though it is quite early is full of those ravishing Waltonian harmonies, has a certain grandeur and splendour that is rarely so consistently maintained in his other work, and has lots of great melodies and infectuously memorable passages. I feel like Charles Ives: "are my ears on wrong?"
Quote from: vandermolen on June 03, 2010, 03:42:29 AMThis is my 24th recording of Walton Symphony No 1
Quote from: Sergeant Rock on June 03, 2010, 05:45:00 AMWhere did you find it, Jeffrey? It doesn't seem to be available from my usual sources.Sarge
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