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Walton: Viola Concerto, Sonata for String Orchestra & Partita for Orchestra


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In this third volume of Edward Gardner’s Walton series with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, James Ehnes leaves his violin to tackle the taxing soloist role in the Viola Concerto.In a recent Strad interview, Ehnes confesses: ‘This is a piece I have loved since I was a teenager, so it is wonderful that the opportunity has come my way to record it... With Walton’s Viola Concerto, none of the writing is impossible but a lot of it is close. And in a way that is exactly where you want it to be: on the edge of technical limitations. There’s a tremendous amount of excitement in that.’ This album in surround sound also features two much later works: the 1957 Partita for Orchestra and the Sonata for String Orchestra, adapted in 1971 from the String Quartet in A minor of 1945 – 47. There is a striking contrast between the uncomfortable modernism of the up-and-coming young composer’s Viola Concerto and the relaxed brilliance of the mature Partita. But the Sonata shows Walton late in his life re-engaging as an arranger with his earlier manner, and so with the characteristic vein of restless unease that runs through most of his output.
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Item number CHSA 5210
Barcode 095115521021
Release date 4/6/2018
Category Classical Music
Label CHANDOS
Media type SACD
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Ehnes, James
Conductor Gardner, Edward
Orchestra BBC Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
Viola Concerto (1962 version)00:30:00
1 Viola Concerto (1961 Version): I. Andante comodo 00:07:48 Ehnes, James BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
2 Viola Concerto (1961 Version): II. Vivo, con molto 00:04:03 Ehnes, James BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
3 Viola Concerto (1961 Version): III. Allegro modera 00:11:31 Ehnes, James BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
Sonata for Strings00:27:00
4 Sonata for String Orchestra: I. Allegro 00:08:31 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
5 Sonata for String Orchestra: II. Presto 00:04:07 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
6 Sonata for String Orchestra: III. Lento 00:08:56 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
7 Sonata for String Orchestra: IV. Allegro molto 00:04:21 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
Partita00:16:00
8 Partita for Orchestra: I. Toccata 00:04:31 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
9 Partita for Orchestra: II. Pastorale siciliana 00:06:08 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
10 Partita for Orchestra: III. Giga burlesca 00:04:59 BBC Symphony Orchestra Gardner, Edward
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