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Walton: Cello Concerto: Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 1

Album Summary

>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
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Notes & Reviews:

The outstanding British cellist Jamie Walton returns to disc on Signum, accompanied by the Philharmonia Orchestra under Alexander Briger. This disc includes William Walton's 1975 revision to the final movement of the cello concerto, which has never before been recorded or publically performed (as well as a performance of the original final movement).

All Music Guide - Mike Brownell
Completing his four-disc series combing concertos of England and Russia, cellist Jamie Walton closes with two concertos written for two of the greatest cellists of the last century. William Walton's concerto was written for the Russian cellist Piatigorsky who insisted for many years that the original ending of the concerto was far too bleak and downtrodden, requesting again and again that Walton revamp the ending. Nearly two decades later, Piatigorsky got his wish when Walton made a 22-measure change to the last movement. Few are aware of this alteration; Walton is the first to record this alternate version, which appears with a bonus track of the 1956 original, allowing listeners to make their own determination. Following Walton's concerto is the venerable Shostakovich First Concerto, one of the titans of the literature written for Rostropovich. In both cases, and throughout his four-disc survey, Walton's playing is simply remarkable. Though he does not have the same powerful, forceful sound as Rostropovich, he more than makes up for it with an almost impossibly pure tone, effortless shifts, spotless intonation, and a dazzling technique that rivals any other living cellist. Adding to all of this is an astute, insightful, and elegant musicianship that grabs hold of listeners' attention and leaves them yearning for more. This album is an absolutely welcome addition to any collection.

The Telegraph, 14th January 2011
His rich, malleable tone and mature sense of style [are] deployed with the discerning interpretative personality that places him in the front rank of today's cellists...the Shostakovich that is lithe, pungent and, just as it should be, profoundly disquieting.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2011
Jamie Walton's warm and beautifully focused way with the work excels in its own right...The same unflashily vivid brilliance brings in a rich harvest in Shostakovich's First Concerto...his keening way with the slow movement's lyrical lament marks out a remarkable player. Alexander Briger and the Philharmonia supply superb accompaniments.

Gramophone Magazine, March 2011
The elegiac quality in [the Walton] very much suits Jamie Walton's style,with his sweet, smooth cello tone, but he is also capable of powerfully attacking the vigorous writing...[the Shostakovich] is a most compelling performance, very strong rhythmically, with the Philharmonia's first horn relishing what amounts to a concertante role...A most valuable and enjoyable disc.

International Record Review, March 2011
Walton's sound is superbly suited to [the Walton] - he has a singing, expressive upper register, as well as the agility to dive fearlessly into the more virtuoso passages; this is playing of tremednous authority and control...[In the Shostakovich] Walton and Briger generate impressive levels of rhythmic energy, and the playing has all the spiky allure one could wish for in this piece.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/22/2009-12/23/2009).



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>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Alexander Briger
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/22/2009-12/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1956-1975

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Concerto for Cello no 1 in E flat major, Op. 107
  • Performers: Nigel Black (Horn); Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Alexander Briger
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/22/2009-12/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1959

>Walton, William : Concerto for Cello
  • Performer: Jamie Walton (Cello)
  • Conductor: Alexander Briger
  • Notes: Henry Wood Hall, London (12/22/2009-12/23/2009)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1956-1975