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Long eclipsed by Britten, Walton is a composer in need of champions. His First Symphony and Violin Concerto are supposedly repertoire works, yet we seldom hear them in the concert hall.
This CD – a perfect pairing of his two symphonic masterworks – shows what we have been missing. Gardner and the BBC Symphony Orchestra profile the symphony’s turbulent syncopations, brassy dissonances and expressionist brilliance – a truly exhilarating performance. In the concerto, Little finds the nexus between sultry lyricism and rapturous virtuosity.
Symphony Number one, Violin Concerto
Edward Gardner and Tasmin Little