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William Walton: Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto / Tasmin Little, violin; Edward Gardner, BBC SO

Album Summary

>Walton, William : Symphony no 1 in B flat minor
>Walton, William : Concerto for Violin
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Edward Gardner, an exclusive Chandos artist, conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two great William Walton works, his Violin Concerto and the Symphony No. 1. The symphony's first complete performance in 1935 was a triumph, immediately gaining the work an unwaveringly honored place in British music. Commissioned by Jascha Heifetz, the violin concerto soloist in this recording is Tasmin Little, one of the foremost interpreters of twentieth-century British music for the violin.

Sunday Times, 25th May 2014
Gardner's dynamic, pulsing rhythms and strong grip of the expansive structure of the first movement [of the Symphony] are particularly remarkable...Little offers a mature, deeply felt and brilliantly played account of a work she has championed more than any other contemporary violinist.

Financial Times, 17th May 2014
Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra profile the symphony's turbulent syncopations, brassy dissonances and expressionist brilliance - a truly exhilarating performance. In the concerto, Little finds the nexus between sultry lyricism and rapturous virtuosity.

MusicWeb International, 16th May 2014
Gardner brings out all the harmonic tension in the music...in a reading which never loses momentum, even when Gardner reins back the pace to capture the aching passion of the slower episodes. There's explosive energy a-plenty and no lack of dynamism...This is a compelling coupling of exceptionally fine Walton performances...Both these performances now become the modern benchmark for the respective works.

BBC Music Magazine, June 2014
Little's way with the virtuoso passages is a notch less headlong than [on her earlier recording], allowing the ear to savour her phenomenal accuracy, yet with no loss of fire...Gardner and the BBC SO provide an accompaniment whose range of detail..is never driven too hard...a masterclass in how to generate formidable dramatic voltage while keeping the music's eruptive energy on a tight rein.

The Telegraph, 12th June 2014
Springy rhythms, firm accents and astute observation of the typically Walton blend of rich but translucent textures and timbres contribute to the thoroughly fresh impetus in this performance of [Walton's] First Symphony...To the Violin Concerto...Little brings a mellifluous glow and a capricious spirit.

Gramophone Magazine, July 2014
Gardner presides over blisteringly eloquent and splendidly unbuttoned accounts of both these Walton masterworks...Heaps to savour and cherish, in sum; certainly, seasoned Waltonians will have a ball. With magnificent truthful sound and judicious balance throughout, this terrific coupling should be snapped up without delay.


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Works Details

>Walton, William : Symphony no 1 in B flat minor
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Fairfield Halls, Croydon (02/03/2014-02/04/2013)
  • Running Time: 42 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1931-1935

>Walton, William : Concerto for Violin
  • Performer: Tasmin Little (Violin)
  • Conductor: Edward Gardner
  • Running Time: 33 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1939-1943