Walton: Symphony No. 1 London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Colin Davis
- Sir William Walton (1902 - 1983): Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Minor:
- 1I. Allegro assai14:45
- 2II. Scherzo. Presto, con malizia06:40
- 3III. Andante con malincolia11:40
- 4IV. Maestoso - Allegro, brioso ed ardentemente - Vivacissimo - Maestoso12:51
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By the time he began working on his First Symphony, William Walton had already established himself as the most exciting young British composer of the day. The work proved to be one of the twentieth century's greatest symphonies. Volcanic sentiments simmer beneath its surface and the music conveys the tensions of the 1930s whilst always remaining consistently timeless in its appeal.
"When Sir Colin Davis conducted Walton's First Symphony at the Barbican it was greeted by ecstatic reviews – and rightly so. It was as though critics had suddenly rediscovered this iconic work, which so tellingly reflects the mood of uncertainty and tension in the 1930s. The recording bears out that response: the hushed opening seems as though the music is only just emerging into human consciousness. The mystery quickly evaporates as the nagging syncopations of the ostinato figure become more insistent, developing into a powerful climax. The clarity of texture and sharpness of attack add to the impact, with Davis at ease with the jazz element and finding more light and shade than is common. The Scherzo brings big contrasts too; the slow movement sounds as haunting as the opening and then brings warmly lyrical ideas. The extrovert finale again brings clarity in the contrapuntal writing of successive fugatos, leading to a ripe conclusion." (Gramophone)
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis, conductor
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