Walton’s concertos

Walton: Concertos, and more

During the 1930’s and later a huge number of violin concertos emerged, and William Walton’s violin concerto was one of them. Others included the concertos of Barber, Korngold, Stravinsky, and more. In this collection of William Walton’s music, we hear the violin concerto, as well as the Cello concerto and two symphonies.

Here are the tracks on this CD:


  • Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

  • Symphony No. 2

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras

  • Violin Concerto

revised version
Nigel Kennedy (violin)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, André Previn

  • Cello Concerto

Paul Tortelier (cello)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Berglund

  • The Wise Virgins

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Louis Frémaux

Emotion runs high in Walton’s music: the breakdown of his love affair brought us the First Symphony; a new love inspired the Violin Concerto; and the composer’s married happiness on a Mediterranean island shines through in the composer’s Cello Concerto and Second Symphony.

Here is Gil Shaham, explaining to the listener about the Walton concerto:

And here is William Walton’s Symphony No. 1, third movement:

Tags: William Walton, Symphonies 1 and 2, Violin concerto, Cello Concerto

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