William Walton (1902-1983), Wartime Favourite


032010020320120208Donald Macleod how Walton's career took a new turn in the wartime era.

Walton's career took a new turn in the wartime era: his music was behind some of the greatest patriotic films ever made. Donald Macleod looks at the composer's increasing national importance- and official recognition.

"Went the day Well" Opening sequence from the film

Spitfire Prelude

Philharmonia Orchestra

Conductor: Sir William Walton

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Christopher Columbus: A Musical Journey

Scenes 8-12

Speaker (Christopher Columbus): Julian Glover

Speaker (Ironic Spirit/Herald): Jamie Glover

Speaker (Sailor/Voice): Philip Lloyd Holtam

Soprano (Isabella): Caroline Carragher

Mezzo (Beatriz): Jean Rigby

Tenor: Tom Randle

Baritone: Roderick Williams

Guitar: Craig Ogden

BBC National Chorus of Wales

BBC National Orchestra of Wales

Conductor: Richard Hickox

CHANDOS CHSA 5034 Tracks 22-32

Henry V- Scenes from the film

Prologue, Once more unto the breach, Agincourt, Epilogue

Speaker: Sir Laurence Olivier

EMI 7243 5 65007 2 3 Tracks 17,18, 24-28

Orb and Sceptre

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult

EMI 7243 5 65584 2 7 Track 13.