Walton: Symphony No 1; Violin Concerto

Fri, Jul 4, 2014, 00:00


Walton Symphony No 1, Violin Concerto

Tasmin Little, Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra, William Walton



Oldham’s most celebrated musical son, William Walton, was in his prime when he completed his First Symphony in 1935 (commissioned and premiered by Hamilton Harty) and his Violin Concerto in 1939 (commissioned by the great Jascha Heifetz). Edward Gardner approaches the symphony as if with a highlighter, wanting to heighten its driving energy, emphasise its touches of romantic melancholy, and make sure that no tune goes unmilked. There may be more momentary peaks as a result, and a lot of passing detail is extremely well caught. But the sweep of the work suffers in the process. The approach works better with veteran Waltonian Tasmin Little in the Violin Concerto, a work where the romanticism is a lot closer to the surface. url.ie/f1f2