Walton: Viola Concerto / Partita for Orchestra / Sonata for String Orchestra

 
Walton: Viola Concerto / Partita for Orchestra / Sonata for String Orchestra cover
$30.00 Low Stock add to cart

WILLIAM WALTON
Walton: Viola Concerto / Partita for Orchestra / Sonata for String Orchestra
James Ehnes (viola) / BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

[ Chandos SACD / Hybrid SACD ]

Release Date: Wednesday 2 May 2018

Should this item be out of stock at the time of your order, we would expect to be able to supply it to you within 4 - 7 business days.

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.

"[Ehnes] eloquently masters the bittersweet wistfulness of the outer movements and the dazzling pyrotechnics we hear here...Gardner's BBC Symphony Orchestra forces play [the Partita] as the showpiece it is, revelling in its unfashionable Italianate lyricism and witty high jinks." Sunday Times

Tracks:

Viola Concerto (1961 Version)
Sonata for String Orchestra
Partita for Orchestra

Listen to Sonata For String Orchestra