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Kirill Karabits
Walton Symphonies 1&2

Sir William Walton OM (1902-1983)

Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor
1. Allegro assai 13.50
2. Scherzo: Presto con malizia 6.20
3. Andante con malinconia 10.40
4. Maestoso – Allegro 12.13

Symphony No.2
5. Allegro molto 9.49
6. Lento assai 10.27
7. Passacaglia 9.59

Total timing: 73.50

Catalogue No: ONYX4168

Walton’s First Symphony burst onto the musical scene in 1935, and quickly became recognised as a masterpiece. Influences of Sibelius and Beethoven can clearly be heard, but it is Walton’s brilliant use of the orchestra and grasp of form that shines through – a remarkable achievement for a composer of 33 years. The second symphony has never had an easy time, in both escaping the shadow of its older sibling, and in overcoming the hostility of the late 1950s and early 60s when avant-garde was in, and this symphony was viewed as out of date. Fortunately it is now recognised as a masterpiece to rank alongside No.1. It is assured, mature and confident, subtle and refined – a composer at the top of his game.

 

 

 

 

 


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1. Walton Symphony No1 - 1st Movement
13:52
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2. Walton Symphony No2 - 1st Movement
9:55
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