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Discussion: Walton: Symphony No. 2 & Cello Concerto - Watkins, Gardner

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Post by Simon V. February 10, 2015 (1 of 7)
Anyone know if there will be further instalments in this series? The viola concerto, for example, coupled with, say, the Hindemith variations?

Post by sylvian February 10, 2015 (2 of 7)
Hello Simon,

I would like to know your opinion on that particular release. I would like to know especially comparison of the Symphony #2 with the BIS release under Hughes, if possible.

regards

Post by Simon V. February 10, 2015 (3 of 7)
sylvian said:

I would like to know your opinion on that particular release. I would like to know especially comparison of the Symphony #2 with the BIS release under Hughes, if possible.

Hi, Sylvian. I haven't heard either recording. The unfavourable reviews here and elsewhere have put me off buying the Hughes, but I thought I might give the Gardner a go. The only recording of Walton's 2nd I have is the one made by Szell fifty years ago. Simon

Post by Clavicembalisticum February 10, 2015 (4 of 7)
If this is as dull as his Walton 1st, then no thank you!

Post by wehecht February 10, 2015 (5 of 7)
I haven't heard this either but I think Gardner's first is really fine, and the reviews have been uniformly very good to excellent. What I think will be hard to match is the Poltera version of the cello concerto which is absolutely gorgeous Walton, Hindemith: Cello Concertos - Poltera, Shipway.

As for the BIS recording of Walton 1&2, Walton: The Symphonies - Owain Arwel Hughes, I think the performance of #2 is the better of the two and does the piece justice. It also seems to be the better recorded, though after a recent equipment change I find the whole disc to be better sounding than I remembered. I prefer Gardner's recording of #1.

Post by sunnydaler February 10, 2015 (6 of 7)
wehecht said:

I haven't heard this either but I think Gardner's first is really fine, and the reviews have been uniformly very good to excellent. What I think will be hard to match is the Poltera version of the cello concerto which is absolutely gorgeous Walton, Hindemith: Cello Concertos - Poltera, Shipway.

Shipway is really disappointing in those concertos. The worst I've ever heard.
I recommend Tortelier/Berglund for Walton and Moser/Poppen for Hindemith.

Post by aaradman March 12, 2015 (7 of 7)
In his discussion of alternative performances of Walton's Symphony #2, Mr. Williams doesn't mention a fine (I think) one by Andre Previn and the LSO. It was even available in a high-def presentation in EMI's short-lived offering of DVD-Audios. The catalog number is: EMI Classics 4 92402 9

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