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Walton: Symphony No.1 in B-Flat Minor

André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra

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This is an absolute MUST LISTEN. One of André Previn’s greatest recordings captured in the 1960s in London – truly a golden era for the American conductor! Here, the London Symphony Orchestra, galvanised and operating in the very heart of its repertoire, is at its most beautiful: the brass section is electric (listen to the Scherzo!), the woodwinds are poetic and the strings unrelenting in their rhythmicity... What sets this recording apart from any other are the very fast tempos, always kept within bounds by André Previn, that help unveil Walton’s great architectural sense in the most unique way – check out the magnificent coda of the initial Allegro assai; throughout this interpretation, Sibelius and Hindemith influences progressively fade away in favour of a truly distinctive orchestration and management of musical time that make this score what it really is: a real oddity in the British musical landscape of the 1930s. André Previn’s performance on the 26th and 27th of August 1966 – he went on to create a new version with the RPO for Telarc − is all the more striking when we consider that around the same time, with the same musicians, he was working on the complete symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams which lack in poetry, most probably suffering from the type of analytical frankness that actually exalts Walton’s Symphony No.1. A few years later, he also recorded Walton’s Symphony No.2 for EMI, again with the LSO. This can be enjoyed with wonderful sound recording by the Decca team, conducted here by James Lock. © Pierre-Yves Lascar

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Walton: Symphony No.1 in B-Flat Minor

André Previn

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Symphony No. 1 in B-Flat Minor (William Turner Walton)

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I. Allegro assai 00:13:50

Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Turner Walton, Composer - James Lock, Recording Engineer - Peter Dellheim, Producer

(P) 1967 Sony Music Entertainment

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II. Scherzo: Presto con malizia 00:05:54

Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Turner Walton, Composer - James Lock, Recording Engineer - Peter Dellheim, Producer

(P) 1967 Sony Music Entertainment

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III. Andante con malincolia 00:11:20

Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Turner Walton, Composer - James Lock, Recording Engineer - Peter Dellheim, Producer

(P) 1967 Sony Music Entertainment

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IV. Maestoso - Brioso ed ardentemente 00:12:06

Andre Previn, Conductor, MainArtist - London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra - William Turner Walton, Composer - James Lock, Recording Engineer - Peter Dellheim, Producer

(P) 1967 Sony Music Entertainment

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This is an absolute MUST LISTEN. One of André Previn’s greatest recordings captured in the 1960s in London – truly a golden era for the American conductor! Here, the London Symphony Orchestra, galvanised and operating in the very heart of its repertoire, is at its most beautiful: the brass section is electric (listen to the Scherzo!), the woodwinds are poetic and the strings unrelenting in their rhythmicity... What sets this recording apart from any other are the very fast tempos, always kept within bounds by André Previn, that help unveil Walton’s great architectural sense in the most unique way – check out the magnificent coda of the initial Allegro assai; throughout this interpretation, Sibelius and Hindemith influences progressively fade away in favour of a truly distinctive orchestration and management of musical time that make this score what it really is: a real oddity in the British musical landscape of the 1930s. André Previn’s performance on the 26th and 27th of August 1966 – he went on to create a new version with the RPO for Telarc − is all the more striking when we consider that around the same time, with the same musicians, he was working on the complete symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams which lack in poetry, most probably suffering from the type of analytical frankness that actually exalts Walton’s Symphony No.1. A few years later, he also recorded Walton’s Symphony No.2 for EMI, again with the LSO. This can be enjoyed with wonderful sound recording by the Decca team, conducted here by James Lock. © Pierre-Yves Lascar

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