Walton, William

May 6, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Inspired by a composer who was in the vanguard of British music in the 20th century, Benjamin Britten once wrote that hearing William Walton’s music was a “great turning point in his musical life.” We’ll trace the arc of Walton’s life and his associations with some of the greatest artists of his time.

Playlist

Episode 1

William Walton: Spitfire, Prelude (excerpt)
Academy of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner
Chandos 8870
1:22

William Walton: A Litany
St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir/Scott
Hyperion 67087
3:55

William Walton: String Quartet No. 1,
I.Moderato

Gabrieli Quartet
Chan 8944
8:31

William Walton: Portsmouth Point
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomson
Chan 8968
6:01

William Walton: Façade
Hornpipe
En Famille
Mariner Man
Long Steel Grass
Through Gilded Trellises
Tango – Pasodoble
London Mozart Players/Glover
Prunella Scales and Samuel West, narrator
ASV 679
10:50

William Walton: Viola Concerto in A Minor, I & II
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Previn; Kennedy, viola
EMI 49628
13:05

William Walton: Escape Me Never Suite,
I. Prelude And Venetian Idyll
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner
Chan 8870
3:42

William Walton: The First Shoot, I
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomson
Chan 8968
1:38

Episode 2

William Walton: Viola Concerto in A Minor, I (excerpt), III
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Previn; Kennedy, viola
EMI 49628
:46, 12:40

William Walton: Belshazzar’s Feast
Thus spake Isaiah
If I forget thee
Babylon was a great city
In Babylon Belshazzar the King
Praise ye the god of gold
Thus in Babylon, the mighty city
The trumpeters and pipers
Then sing aloud to God our strength
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus/Litton; Terfel, bs. bar.
Lon 448134
21:22, 6:17, 5:04

Johnny Cash: Belshazzar
Johnny Cash and the Carter Sisters
The Best of Johnny Cash TV show
Columbia
2:37

William Walton: Façade
Lullaby for Jumbo
Black Mrs. Behemoth
London Mozart Players/Glover; Scales & West, nar.
ASV 679
3:27

Episode 3

William Walton: Symphony #1
III (excerpt), I, II, IV

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Previn
Telarc 80125
2:28, 20:26, 12:53

William Walton: Crown Imperial
Philharmonia Orchestra/Willcocks
Chandos 8998
6:40

William Walton: Concerto in B Minor for Violin and Orchestra, I
Philharmonia Orchestra/Walton; Heifetz, v.
RCA 61754
10:00

William Walton: Façade, Polka 
London Mozart Players/Glover; Scales & West, nar.
ASV 679
1:14

Episode 4

William Walton: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in B Minor, I (excerpt), II & III
Philharmonia Orchestra/Walton; Heifetz, violin
RCA 61754
:52, 17:21

William Walton: Spitfire, Prelude and Fugue
Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields/Marriner
Chandos 8870
8:34

William Walton: Henry V, Film Music
Prelude: The Globe
Touch her soft lips and part
Agincourt Song
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Davis
EMI 47944
10:32

William Walton: Henry V, Film Music
Passacaglia/The Death Of Falstaff
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra/Walton
Bridge 9133
2:56

William Walton: Troilus and Cressida, Act II, Interlude
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Davis
EMI 47944
4:41

William Walton: Troilus and Cressida, Act. II,  “From Isle To Isle Chill Waters” 
Philharmonia Orchestra/Walton; Schwarzkopf, soprano; Pears, tenor
EMI 64199
2:26

William Walton: Façade, Popular Song 
London Mozart Players/Glover; Prunella Scales and Samuel West, narrator
ASV 679
2:05

Episode 5

William Walton: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, I
Boston Symphony Orchestra/Munch; Piatigorsky, violoncello
RCA 61498
8:13

William Walton: Partita for Orchestra
I. Toccata
II. Pastorale Siciliana
III. Giga Burlesca
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomson
Chan 8959
17:28

William Walton: Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten
Lento & Vivo
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomson
Chan 8959
7:53

William Walton: Symphony No. 2, III
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomson
Chan 8772
9:23

William Walton: Sonata for violin and piano: II (excerpt) & Variation I
Marianne Thorsen, violin; Ian Brown, piano
Hyperion 67340
2:33

William Walton: Music For Children, III
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Thomson
Chan 8968
1:26

William Walton: Façade
Scotch Rhapsody
Foxtrot, “Old Sir Faulk”
Sir Beelzebub
London Mozart Players/Glover; Prunella Scales and Samuel West, narrator
ASV 679
4:28