William Walton

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Inspired by a composer that was in the vanguard of British music in the 20th century, Benjamin Britten once wrote that hearing William Walton’s music was a great turning point in his musical life. We’ll trace the arc of Walton’s life and his associations with the greatest artists of his time, including Heifetz, Hindemith, Olivier, and Beecham.

Comments [2]

Louis from Staten Island

While no conductor has yet captured the logic and inexorable drive of Walton's own recording of his mighty First Symphony with the LSO in 1951 -- still my favorite version despite the less than ideal monophonic sound -- Previn with the Royal PO puts together an exuberant performance brimming with energy and passionate discovery. I wouldn't be without either!

Feb. 02 2011 11:38 PM
Max Power

Walton's First Symphony... I don't know if the 20th century really gets any better then that.

Jan. 31 2011 10:21 PM

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