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01Bright Young Thing2010020120120206Donald Macleod on how Walton became known as the 1920s' most precocious British composer.
William Walton is perhaps best defined by a series of paradoxes: the pillar of the British Musical Establishment who lived in voluntary exile; the king of the grand, filmic gesture who harboured deep insecurity; the socialite and ladies' man who often preferred to be alone. Walton hid himself behind an acerbic wit- a statement which has also been made about his writing. Donald Macleod follows him through the distinct eras of his life and explores the many sides to the man and his music.
Snatched by the Sitwells from what they saw as an ignominious future as a schoolteacher in Oldham, William Walton became known in London as the most precocious British composer of the 1920's. Donald Macleod delves into the curious world with which Walton became involved.
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Reciters: Peter Pears & Edith Sitwell
English Opera Group Ensemble
Conductor: Anthony Collins
ALTO ALC 1026
The Winds
Felicity Lott: Soprano
Graham Johnson: Piano
COLLINS 14932 TRACK 1
Siesta
English Northern Sinfonia
Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones
NAXOS 8.555868 Track 8
Portsmouth Point
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Andre Previn
EMI 0777 7 64723 2 4 Track 11.
02Happy Prince2010020220120207Donald Macleod discovers how Walton became the pre-eminent British composer of the 1930s.
Once the slightly risque enfant terrible of the roaring 20's, Walton established himself as the pre-eminent British composer of the 1930's, garnering critical accaim and popular recognition. Donald Macleod plays some of the music which made his name.
Once the slightly risque enfant terrible of the roaring 20's, Walton established himself as the pre-eminent British composer of the 1930's, garnering critical acclaim and popular recognition.
Donald Macleod plays some of the music which made his name.
Viola Concerto: First Movement- Andante comodo
Viola: Nigel Kennedy
Conductor: Andre Previn
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
EMI CDC 7 49628 2 Track 1
Belshazzar's Feast
Thus spake Isaiah
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem
By the waters of Babylon
Baritone: John Shirley-Quirk
London Symphony Chorus
London Symphony Orchestra
EMI 0777 7 64723 2 4 Tracks 1-3
Escape Me Never
National Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Bernard Herrmann
LONDON 448 954-2 Track 10
Symphony No.
1
Third movement- Andante con malinconia
Fourth Movement- Maestoso- Brioso ed ardentemente
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Bryden Thomson
CHANDOS CHAN 8862.
03Wartime Favourite2010020320120208Donald 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
EMI 7243 5 65007 2 3 Track 13
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."
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.
04Ischian Labourer2010020420120209Donald Macleod explores Walton's most difficult years as a composer.
Critical failure was something Walton had long foreseen: after the war came his most difficult years as a composer, although this was tempered by his blissful self-imposed exile, with his new wife, on the Italian island of Ischia.
Troilus and Cressida
Act 2 Sc 1(end of) and 2
Cressida: Judith Howarth
Troilus: Arthur Davies
English Northern Philharmonia
Conductor: Richard Hickox
CHANDOS CHAN 9370/1 Tracks 17-19
Cello Concerto
Cello: Tim Hugh
Conductor: Paul Daniel
NAXOS 8.554325 Tracks 4-6
Symphony No. 2
Last Movement: Passacaglia: Tema-Risoluto
NAXOS 8.553402 Track 7.
05 LASTNational Treasure2010020520120210Donald Macleod surveys Walton's legacy and plays music from his final years.
In his later years, Walton was seen as a pillar of the musical establishment- despite living in Italy- although he continued to think of himself as only a partial success. Donald Macleod surveys his legacy and plays music from the composer's final years.
In his later years, Walton was seen as a pillar of the musical establishment- despite living in Italy- although he continued to think of himself as only a partial success.
Donald Macleod surveys his legacy and plays music from the composer's final years.
A Song for the Lord Mayor's Table
Soprano: Felicity Lott
Piano: Graham Johnson
COLLINS 14932 Track 14
Missa Brevis
Kyrie
Sanctus and Benedictus
Agnus Dei
Gloria
Choir of St.
John's College, Cambridge
Organ: Christopher Whitton
Conductor: Christopher Robinson
NAXOS 8.555793 Tracks 13-16
Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Andre Previn
EMI 0777 7 64723 2 4 Track 13
MUSIC: Spitfire Music- Battle in the Air
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Carl Davis
EMI CDC 7 47944 2 Track 5
Five Bagatelles for Guitar
5.
Con slancio
Guitar: Tom Kerstens
EMI 7243 5 55404 2 3 Track 11
Passacaglia for Solo Cello
Paul Watkins
Hyperion CDA67340 Track 12
March for A History of the English Speaking Peoples
EMI CDC 7 47944 2 Track 15.

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