Szymanowski & Karłowicz: Violin Concertos Tasmin Little, BBC Symphony Orchestra & Edward Gardner
- Karol Szymanowski (1882 - 1937): Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, M. 37:
- 1Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, M. 37: Vivace assai -05:25
- 2Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, M. 37: Ancora poco meno - Tempo comodo -06:28
- 3Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, M. 37: Vivace scherzando -04:19
- 4Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, M. 37: Tempo comodo -03:28
- 5Violin Concerto No. 1, Op. 35, M. 37: Vivace05:46
- Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61, M. 71:
- 6Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61, M. 71: Moderato molto tranquillo -11:28
- 7Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61, M. 71: Allegramente molto energico -03:53
- 8Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61, M. 71: Andantino molto tranquillo -02:14
- 9Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 61, M. 71: Tempo I02:52
- Mieczysław Karłowicz (1876 - 1909): Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8:
- 10Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8: I. Allegro moderato12:39
- 11Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8: II. Romance. Andante07:37
- 12Violin Concerto in A Major, Op. 8: III. Finale. Vivace assai06:59
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Edward Gardner, a Chandos exclusive artist, conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in two great masterpieces by William Walton, his Violin Concerto and the Symphony No. 1.
Walton burst onto the British musical scene in his twenties, the success of works such as Façade, the Viola Concerto, and Belshazzar’s Feast establishing him in both the avant-garde and the mainstream of British composers. The obvious next step for Walton was to compose a symphony and he was duly commissioned to do so by Sir Hamilton Harty in 1932. The first complete performance of his Symphony No. 1, in 1935, was a triumph, immediately gaining the work an honoured place in British music which it has never lost. It is a highly virtuosic work with a remarkable expressive range, in turns powerful and broad, malicious, melancholic, and majestic.
The Violin Concerto was written in 1938 in response to a commission from Jascha Heifetz. The solo part reflects not only the legendary virtuosity for which Heifetz was famous, but also the sweetness and purity of his playing of long lyrical lines. In this recording the soloist is Tasmin Little whose acclaimed recordings of concertos by Britten, Elgar, Delius, and Moeran on Chandos have already established her as one of the foremost interpreters of British music for the violin.
“Tasmin Little introduces an extra dimension of meditation to the dreamy opening melody of Walton’s Violin Concerto … There is certainly no lack of outgoing exciting brilliance in the bravura passages of the central scherzo, though it is the beautifully silky tone Little brings to the many introspective moments that will particularly recommend her performance. With Edward Gardner energising the BBC Symphony Orchestra players, the score’s wide dynamic swings are well captured … In Gardner’s hands the Symphony has a fine sense of urgency and is full of youthful vigour, volatility and orchestral virtuosity … Chandos’s sound is admirably balances in the concerto, with high impact and ample reverberation.” (David Denton, The Strad.com)
"Edward Gardner presides over blisteringly eloquent and splendidly unbuttoned accounts of both these Walton masterworks … Heaps to savour and cherish, in sum; certainly, seasoned Waltonians will have a ball. With magnificently truthful sound and judicious balance throughout, this terrific coupling should be snapped up without delay.” (Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone magazine)
Tasmin Littlem, violin
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Edward Gardner, conductor
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