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Walton: Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto

16 Aug. 1999 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 16 Aug. 1999
  • Release Date: 16 Aug. 1999
  • Label: Naxos
  • Copyright: (C) 1999 Naxos
  • Total Length: 59:55
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  • ASIN: B001LZKG20
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,227 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 April 2013
Format: Audio CD
This very well recorded disc made in 1997 is a further triumph for the Naxos Walton series with Paul Daniel conducting.

In this case he is joined by two outstanding soloists who are completely capable of withstanding comparison with the best. By that I would include for the violin concerto, recordings by Chung, Kennedy, Ehnes, Bell, Little and Haendel in no particular order. All of these are highly rewarding in their various ways and Dong-Suk Kang brings his own personality to bear in much the same way. The same can be said of the cello concerto and Tim Hugh joins the illustrious ranks of Yo Yo Ma, Walfisch and Piatigorsky.

These two concertos are among the very finest for their respective instruments in the twentieth century and it is gratifying to see them appealing to the modern generations and on a bargain label and in performances and recordings of such quality. Music of this quality is able to respond and be enhanced by alternative performances such as these so long as they stay within the scope of the written notes as these most certainly do.

I would therefore suggest that this disc is worthy of the most serious consideration by potential purchasers either as as 'only' buy or as part of a larger comparative collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Salieri on 12 Oct. 2014
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This review starts with the good news and ends with the not-so-good news. The 3-star rating has had to take this into account, so I need to explain.

The Violin Concerto is splendid, and Dong-Suk Kang can proudly stand with the giants of this genre. The work is an introspective one, intensely personal, but with several outbursts from the outside world. For this to work, a close rapport between solist and orchestra is essential, and a careful structure is vital, along with strict attention to tempi since without these, the Concerto becomes fragmented, not making absolute sense. All this is achieved here: the limpid opening of the work is excellent, and the sudden interruption in the midst of what is basically a "tranquillo" movement fits perfectly into place.

The second, scherzo movement is technically demanding, but Kang brings it off triumphantly. The varying moods of the last movement are likewise technically demanding: we have a jaunty, almost cocky, march-like rhythm at the opening, then a lyrical follow-on, after which these two elements are developed and contrasted, culminating in an accompanied cadenza, containing a hint of the first movement (compare Elgar's Concerto here) and a brisk conclusion. The momentum is sustained throughout, despite the slower passages, and the full blooded ending (again as in the Elgar work} is most satisfying. this is one of the best performances of the Violin Concerto, currently available.

The Cello Concerto is, frankly, another matter. The opening bars are similar to the Violin Concerto, but whereas the former work's performance on this CD pitched it just right, that of the Cello Concerto definitely does not. It is over-slow, uninspiring, with the cello meandering somewhat aimlessly.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Knibbs on 28 Dec. 2012
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I have just been listening to Tim Hugh playing Walton's Cello Concerto - how amazing! A really great performance of a great work, very moving and exciting. The orchestra sounds great and everything is nicely balanced - another truly excellent Naxos release.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
The best cello concerto reading and a wonderful violin concerto 30 Dec. 2006
By Finzi and Barber fan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The CD is one of the finest the Naxos have produced - the playing is sumptuous and the recording superb. All orchestral details are vivid and clear, the soloists's playing wonderfully captured.

Tim Hugh's reading of the cello concerto is probably the best on record. He has tough competition with Piatigorsky and Ma, and recently Muller-Schott, but Hugh finds an ecstasy and a ravishing sense of line and structure that convinces you that Walton might have been right after all in proclaiming this the finest of all his concerti.

The violin concerto is wonderfully played by Kang, beautifully focussed and poised and always perfectly in tune (which goes without saying for Tim Hugh's performance also). I would not say that this was better than Heifetz or the countless others that have recorded it, but it is certainly up there with the best of them.

All in all a stunning disc that gives the strongest advocacy for these two haunted masterpieces.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Deeply satisfying in all respects. 19 Feb. 2013
By Ronald Haak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The soloists are beautifully expressive and the orchestra is fluid, supple and with a sure sense of forward momentum. I feel I'm "home" with this Naxos recording and have zero desire to hear other performances. I'm content to have this CD shape my experience of Walton. The music stays fresh through repeated listenings and the sound is very good.

Again and again I ask myself why many CD fans have time only for "big name" soloists, when deeply satisfying renditions like this one (i.e., Kang, Hugh and a low profile orchestra) give me everything I could wish for. Naxos gives us a wide array of these packages that have enriched my collection and I plump heartily for this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Another superb disc in a fine series 20 April 2013
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This very well recorded disc made in 1997 is a further triumph for the Naxos Walton series with Paul Daniel conducting.

In this case he is joined by two outstanding soloists who are completely capable of withstanding comparison with the best. By that I would include for the violin concerto, recordings by Chung, Kennedy, Ehnes, Bell, Little and Haendel in no particular order. All of these are highly rewarding in their various ways and Dong-Suk Kang brings his own personality to bear in much the same way. The same can be said of the cello concerto and Tim Hugh joins the illustrious ranks of Yo Yo Ma, Walfisch and Piatigorsky.

These two concertos are among the very finest for their respective instruments in the twentieth century and it is gratifying to see them appealing to the modern generations and on a bargain label and in performances and recordings of such quality. Music of this quality is able to respond and be enhanced by alternative performances such as these so long as they stay within the scope of the written notes as these most certainly do.

I would therefore suggest that this disc is worthy of the most serious consideration by potential purchasers either as as 'only' buy or as part of a larger comparative collection.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Excellent!!! 29 Nov. 2003
By Kenneth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Dong Suk Kang's play should be excellent as much as Joshua Bell's. Coupling in this CD is one of the best collections of Walton's concertos.
11 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Not for casual listening 13 Nov. 1999
By F. Behrens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When a composer has a work commissioned by a major artist, the result must be suitable for that artist and yet approachable by other players in future performances. The Violin Concerto was written for Heifitz in 1939. The one for Cello was written for Piatigorsky in 1957. On this Naxos release, we have Dong-Suk Kang and Tim Hugh respectively with Paul Daniel conducting the English Northern Philharmonia. I confess that this is my first exposure to both of these works and I cannot compare them with other renderings. Both pieces are certainly not for casual listening; and if you want your vituoso pyrotechnics, you had best stick with Tchaikovsky and Dvorak. The cello concerto is now moody, now tranquil but never flashy. By the nature of its instrument, the Violin Concerto is a bit brighter, with its scherzo "alla napolitana"--designed, again, for Heifitz' particular skills.
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