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Walton: Symphony No. 1 - Violin Concerto
 
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Walton: Symphony No. 1 - Violin Concerto

6 May 2014 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 May 2014
  • Release Date: 6 May 2014
  • Label: Chandos
  • Copyright: (C) 2014 Chandos
  • Total Length: 1:16:27
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  • ASIN: B00JMB7BH8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,731 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Superb performances of both works. Gardner's interpretation of the Symphony (which I first heard in the Royal Albert Hall in 1950 and didn't understand at the age of 12! but has now become one of my favourite symphonies) is given a very fresh approach bringing out the dynamism and spikiness of Walton's amazing score. The recording quality is superb and the listener is able to hear details of every single orchestral line. An outstanding performance which must be the best ever recorded.
The Violin Concerto is also one of my favourite concertos which I first heard on Heifetz's recording in the early 50's. Tasmin Little plays this outstanding concerto with a freshness and deep understanding of the work. Her playing is absolutely wonderful over the entire range of the score which must contain some of the longest passages in a very high register. Emotionally very moving in the lyrical passages but electrifying in the dramatic episodes. BRILLIANT!

All in all a fabulous disc not to be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 Jan. 2015
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This is the first really serious challenger to the famous, and many would say 'definitive' reading. by Previn and the LSO from as long ago as 1966. There have been several recording of the symphony since then but none have matched its drive and brilliance with both orchestra and conductor on top form. The symphony itself was ideally suited to the jazz-experienced and flamboyant side to Previn's personality.

Gardner, on this 2013 recording, has the apparent great advantages of the outstandingly natural Chandos recording which is also offered in an SACD option for those with surround sound facility, plus and orchestra that can come close to matching Previn's LSO. Gardner also shows clear empathy with the Walton idiom.

The two movements where Gardner draws level with Previn's interpretation and delivery are the last two and especially the final movement which carries great conviction. The first two movements, while being more than a match for most of the previous competition, still fall short of the sheer energy and no-compromise drive of Previn. This is not to under-rate the considerable achievement of Gardner nor the BBC orchestra in those two movements. It is just simply that they, like everyone else before, is ranges against a team that delivered a superhuman effort.

Nevertheless there are problems in obtaining the Previn disc at present with the original non-remastered version being the one most readily available. However there is a Japanese remastered 24 bit version from original sources available from Japan on the Japanese RCA label. That is one of the most stunning remastered successes that I have yet heard and it comes with a superb recording of the Viola concerto played by Yuri Bashmet which is arguably by far the best version yet recorded of that concerto.
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Some 61 years ago, the first LP I purchased was ALP1027, Walton's First and then only symphony. Walton conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra. Since then the work has retained an important place in my musical life. I have acquired many recordings, but the only one, thus far, to have really impressed was the Previn LSO RCA recording. Now, at last, this performance excels all both from the performance point of view as well as the quality of the recording. Now I'm sorry to go on about ancient recordings, but, for the Violin concerto, I went on to purchase a 10 inch BLP of Heifetz, the Philharmonia Orchestra, again conducted by the composer. I have given myself time to listen to Little's performance for a year now. I admit the recorded sound is good, although perhaps there are occasions where Little is almost overwhelmed by the excellent orchestral accompaniment, but there feels to be an occasional lack of incisiveness to Little's performance. If you get the chance to hear the Heifetz performance you may hear what I mean. Having said that, it would be carping to downgrade this disc from the five stars it clearly deserves.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jet Wind on 4 Jun. 2014
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It has long been accepted that the 1960s recorded performance by Andre Previn and the LSO as the leading interpretation. Their have been many good recordings since then (and I have most of them), some came close but none have equalled Previn's electrifying account until now. The BBC Symphony Orchestra directed by Edward Gardner may have just equalled that legionary performance with a recorded sound of top quality as has become the norm from CHANDOS. Also we must not overlook the fill-up of the Violin Concerto performed by Tasmin Little, in a top class performance. This cd must surly now sit alongside the Andre Previn 1960s release.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Basket Press on 14 Jun. 2014
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The Previn/LSO recording of Walton's First has long been my benchmark, with good reason, edging out recordings by Walton himself, Colin Davis and a couple of others.

This new recording from Gardner and the BBC SO may sneak ahead, capturing the fieriness and spiky qualities, the malice of the second movement, the tensions and the release, the Sibelian expansiveness of the last movement at least as well as Previn. Where it edges ahead is the recording itself, which is clearer, more detailed, more atmospheric than the old RCA (NB this refers to the SACD layer, played through a fairly high end SACD player - I haven't listened to just the red book layer yet, but will report back on that).

Definitely a worthwhile purchase.

PS The Violin Concerto isn't bad...Actually, it is very good indeed.

ETA I've had a good listen to the red book layer now: should have done this first, as the SACD layer is clearly superior, with instruments just sounding more "real" and detailed. That said the CD layer is still very good, so don't let that comment deter you if you don't have a SACD player, as the performances are definitely worthwhile.
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