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Walton: Symphony No. 2 - Cello Concerto - Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten

Paul Watkins, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner

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Improvisations on an Impromptu of Benjamin Britten  
1
Theme: Lento - Improvisation No. 1. — -
William Walton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
3:54
2
Improvisation No. 2. Vivo - Improvisation No. 3. Pocchissimo meno mosso -
William Walton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
2:39
3
Improvisation No. 4. Moderato -
William Walton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
3:53
4
Improvisation No. 5. Scherzando
William Walton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
3:08
Cello Concerto  
5
I. Allegro moderato
William Walton; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
7:54
6
II. Allegro appassionato
William Walton; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
6:04
7
III. Theme: Lento - Variation 1: Con moto -
William Walton; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
4:13
8
III. Variation 2: Risoluto tempo giusto - Brioso - Variation 3: Allegro molto -
William Walton; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
2:49
9
III. Variation 4: Rapsodicamente - Variation 5: — - Variation 6: Adagio
William Walton; Paul Watkins; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
6:32
Symphony No. 2  
10
I. Allegro molto
William Walton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
8:32
11
II. Lento assai
William Walton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
10:07
12
III. Finale: Passacaglia: Themes and Variations -
William Walton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
5:39
13
III. Finale: Passacaglia: Fugato - Coda: Scherzando
William Walton; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner
3:43
Total Playing Time    69:07
"A very fine and intelligently programmed disc ... superb playing of the BBC Symphony ... some ravishing playing from the woodwind principals in particular ... caught in stunningly fine sound by Chandos."
- MusicWeb International

Edward Gardner conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra on this programme of late music by Walton, their second album devoted to the composer. In addition to the Second Symphony performed here, acclaimed cellist Paul Watkins joins the orchestra on the Cello Concerto which ends in a rich finale consisting of a theme and four improvisations. The concept of improvisation recurs in the last work on the album, based on the Impromptu of Benjamin Britten’s Piano Concerto.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

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