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Walton: Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten, Cello Concerto & Symphony No. 2


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Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony in late music of Sir William Walton.This release follows the successful recording of Walton’s First Symphony and Violin Concerto – one of Chandos’ best-selling recordings for 2014.The Second (and last) Symphony was commissioned for the 750th anniversary, in 1957–58, of the founding of the city of Liverpool, but, delayed by the composition of the Cello Concerto, was only premiered in 1960.Scored for a large and colorful orchestra, it is of compact duration, in the key of G minor, and features angular melodies, sharply dissonant harmonies, and motoric rhythms.The BBC Symphony itself premiered the Cello Concerto in London in 1957.The cello soloist here, exclusive Chandos artist Paul Watkins, is highly praised as a member of the Emerson String Quartet. In this piece, the traditional structure of Walton’s earlier concertos – a moderately paced opening movement followed by a central scherzo – ends in a rich finale consisting of a theme and four ‘improvisations’.The concept of ‘improvisation’ occurs again in the last work on the disc, based on the ‘Impromptu’ of Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto.
Facts
Item number CHSA 5153
Barcode 095115515327
Release date 3/31/2015
Category Orchestral
Label CHANDOS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Watkins, Paul
Conductor Gardner, Edward
Orchestra BBC Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten00:15:17
1 Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten 00:03:54 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
2 Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten 00:02:39 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
3 Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten 00:03:53 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
4 Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten 00:03:08 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
Cello Concerto00:27:00
5 Cello Concerto, C65: I. Moderato 00:07:54 Watkins, Paul BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
6 Cello Concerto, C65: II. Allegro appassionato 00:06:04 Watkins, Paul BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
7 Cello Concerto, C65: III. Theme - Variation 1 00:04:13 Watkins, Paul BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
8 Cello Concerto, C65: III. Variations 2 & 3 00:02:49 Watkins, Paul BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
9 Cello Concerto, C65: III. Variations 4, 5 & 6 00:06:32 Watkins, Paul BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
Symphony No. 200:28:32
10 Symphony No. 2, C68: I. Allegro molto 00:08:32 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
11 Symphony No. 2, C68: II. Lento assai 00:10:07 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
12 Symphony No. 2, C68: III. Passacaglia. Theme. Riso 00:05:39 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
13 Symphony No. 2, C68: III. Passacaglia. Fugato - Co 00:03:43 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
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