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Walton: Orchestral Works

William Walton Audio CD
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  • Performer: Peter Katin
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Composer: Sir William Walton
  • Audio CD (17 July 2006)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lyrita
  • ASIN: B000027QWH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 216,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Overture - 'Portsmouth Point' 6:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Siesta 5:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Music for Children: I. The Music Lesson (Andantino) 1:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Music for Children: II. The Three-legged Race (Vivo)0:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Music for Children: III. The Silent Lake (Adagio) 1:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Music for Children: IV. The Pony Trap (Gaiamente) 1:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Music for Children: V. Swing-Boats (Giocoso deliberatemente) 1:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Music for Children: VI. Puppet's Dance (Allegro) 1:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Music for Children: VII. Song at Dusk (Larghetto) 1:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Music For Children: VIII. Hop-Scotch (Leggiero)0:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Music for Children: IX. Ghosts (Largo) 1:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Music for Children: X. Trumpet Tune (Alla marcia) 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Suite - The Quest: I. Introduction (Storm), The Magician and the Transformation 3:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Suite - The Quest: II. The Spell (Siciliana) 2:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Suite - The Quest: III. The Challenge 2:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Suite - The Quest: IV. The Reunion (Passacaglia) 4:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Sinfonia Concertante for Orchestra with Piano obbligato: I. Maestoso allegro spirito 8:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sinfonia Concertante for Orchestra with Piano obbligato: II. Andante comodo 6:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Sinfonia Concertante for Orchestra with Piano obbligato: III. Allegro vivo - sempre scherzando 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Scapino, A Comedy Overture 8:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Capriccio Burlesco 7:240.99  Buy MP3 


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LPO - LSO - Sir William Walton, direction

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5.0 out of 5 stars A TONIC 3 Jan 2014
By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is a disc that I hope Walton enthusiasts will take a bit more notice of, because it is a particularly interesting one. Of the seven works here only three are what I would have thought of as familiar, and they are Portsmouth Point, Scapino and the Sinfonia Concertante. New to my own Walton collection - and to my experience as a listener - are the short orchestral lyric Siesta, a suite of ten pieces called Music for Children, another suite from an abandoned ballet entitled The Quest, and a Capriccio Burlesco. This last is a fairly late work dating from 1968, and it is thoughtfully placed at the end, forming an interesting juxtaposition with the `comedy overture' Scapino, written originally in 1940 although revised ten years later.

Walton himself is in charge and the recordings seem all to have been done in 1971, although Portsmouth Point, Siesta and the Music for Children are with the London Philharmonic while the other works are with the London Symphony. The sound has been given digital remastering, but it is not spectacular, only what I might call good average for the time. The real interest of the disc is in hearing this unique composer performing some of his own work that we rarely get a chance to hear from anyone. Another thing that I particularly like about the set is that it puts the second symphony and the cello concerto behind it and gives us the sort of Walton that appeals most to me. This is true in particular of the Capriccio Burlesco, which shows that even by its late date of composition he had not lost the knack of urban sophistication that previously marked not only Scapino but also Facade.

Another matter of interest is that the Sinfonia Concertante is given in its revised 1943 version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A TONIC 3 Jan 2014
By DAVID BRYSON - Published on Amazon.com
This is a disc that I hope Walton enthusiasts will take a bit more notice of, because it is a particularly interesting one. Of the seven works here only three are what I would have thought of as familiar, and they are Portsmouth Point, Scapino and the Sinfonia Concertante. New to my own Walton collection – and to my experience as a listener – are the short orchestral lyric Siesta, a suite of ten pieces called Music for Children, another suite from an abandoned ballet entitled The Quest, and a Capriccio Burlesco. This last is a fairly late work dating from 1968, and it is thoughtfully placed at the end, forming an interesting juxtaposition with the ‘comedy overture’ Scapino, written originally in 1940 although revised ten years later.

Walton himself is in charge and the recordings seem all to have been done in 1971, although Portsmouth Point, Siesta and the Music for Children are with the London Philharmonic while the other works are with the London Symphony. The sound has been given digital remastering, but it is not spectacular, only what I might call good average for the time. The real interest of the disc is in hearing this unique composer performing some of his own work that we rarely get a chance to hear from anyone. Another thing that I particularly like about the set is that it puts the second symphony and the cello concerto behind it and gives us the sort of Walton that appeals most to me. This is true in particular of the Capriccio Burlesco, which shows that even by its late date of composition he had not lost the knack of urban sophistication that previously marked not only Scapino but also Facade.

Another matter of interest is that the Sinfonia Concertante is given in its revised 1943 version. Walton himself later claimed to prefer the original score from 1926/7, but I suppose the rest of us are allowed our own preferences. What I hope will be welcomed by all is the reappearance of Peter Katin in the obbligato piano part. When I was young his was a familiar name. These days he seems to have been all but forgotten, so this is a very pleasant chance to reacquaint ourselves with him, or make his acquaintance for the first time as the case may be. This piano part is of course not a virtuoso role, and the recording balance is not ‘forward’ in the way such roles are usually treated, but it can all be done well and appropriately, and it’s done well here.

Walton’s music, or at least a certain kind of Walton’s music, is bracing and invigorating. He was no radical, but he was no conservative either, and indeed he was regarded as avant-garde in the 20’s. In particular he stood out in strong contrast with the rather agricultural sense of much English music of the time, a kind of hedgerows -‘n’- Housman school. I can leave that: give me what I find here. It all makes me realise just how near the next 20’s are getting.

Another thing that commends this issue is the liner note by Michael Kennedy, one of the better examples of the genre to have come my way lately. It is genuinely informative, it has an interesting career to describe, and it does that in an interesting way.
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