By the time he began working on his First Symphony, William Walton had already established himself as the most exciting young British composer of the day. The work proved to be one of the twentieth century's greatest symphonies. Volcanic sentiments simmer beneath its surface and the music conveys the tensions of the 1930s whilst always remaining consistently timeless in its appeal.
'...power and eloquence and tragic intensity that show the orchestra, their conductor, Colin Davis, and the work at their splendid best. Even André Previn's 1966 account wilts alongside this dazzler' -- The Times, 30 April 2006
'...this orchestra is quite incapable of playing a wrong note - and Sir Colin's reading is astounding ... he shapes the structure with unerring mastery.' -- International Record Review (UK), June 2006
'No-one has exposed its troubled heart with greater care than Sir Colin. The sound is terrific ... don't hesitate!
Classical CD of the Month -- Hi-Fi News, July 2006
EDITOR'S CHOICE -- Gramophone, August 2006