Walton: Violin Concerto, Partita & Hindemith Variations

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Walton: Violin Concerto, Partita & Hindemith Variations


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7th July 2017



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Walton: Violin Concerto, Partita & Hindemith Variations


Violin Concerto

Anthony Marwood (violin)

Partita for Orchestra

Variations on a Theme by Hindemith

Spitfire Prelude & Fugue


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Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra follow up their definitive account of the symphonies (on CDA67794) with another outstanding album of Walton. From the sunlit Mediterranean lyricism of the Violin Concerto to the rousing Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, this is the composer at the height of his power.

William Walton: Violin Concerto in B Minor

1. Andante Tranquillo

2. Presto Capriccioso Alla Napolitana; Trio; Tempo I

3. Vivace

William Walton: Partita for Orchestra

1. Toccata: Brioso

2. Pastorale Siciliana: Andante Comodo

3. Giga Burlesca: Allegro Giovale

William Walton: Variations on a Theme by Hindemith

01. Tema: Andante Con Moto

02. Var. 1: Vivace

03. Var. 2: Allegramente

04. Var. 3: Larghetto

05. Var. 4: Moto Perpetuo (Con Slancio)

06. Var. 5: Andante Con Moto

07. Var. 6: Scherzando

08. Var. 7: Lento Molto

09. Var. 8: Vivacissimo

10. Var. 9: Maestoso

11. Finale: Allegro Molto

12. Coda: A Tempo Primo, Ma Meno Mosso

William Walton: Spitfire Prelude & Fugue

Spitfire Prelude & Fugue

BBC Music Magazine

July 2017


“Anthony Marwood’s un-flashy individualism seems to be operating at an opposite pole to the Heifetz way, and generates memorable results of its own. While Marwood has all the virtuosity that the music demands, nothing is rushed…[and] the design here hangs together quite naturally. He searches out remarkable colours, too…alert accompanying by the orchestra sets a benchmark for the musical riches that follow”

Gramophone Magazine

July 2017

“Proceedings are launched in fine style with a supremely affectionate and agreeably lithe account of the immensely personable concerto that Walton conceived for the great Jascha Heifetz. Anthony Marwood proves an enviably secure and articulate soloist...their consistently absorbing performance will unquestionably give lasting pleasure.”

Sunday Times

2nd July 2017

“an engrossing sequence. Marwood is a thrilling, virtuosic soloist in the ever-seductive concerto, and the orchestra matches his power.”


July 2017


“Walton’s musical and scoring virtuosity is to the fore in this wide-ranging and substantial piece that is done handsome service to by the BBCSSO and Brabbins, whether intimately expressive, fleet and spectral (Walton often with a twinkle in the eye), or grandiose.”

Presto Classical

James Longstaffe

7th July 2017

“Marwood gently entwines himself with the orchestral texture. He's never flashy for its own sake, and yet his virtuosity and absolute command come across at every moment. Both he and the orchestra respond wonderfully to the concerto's changing moods...A fascinating disc that's well worth investigating, especially if you're tempted to explore some of Walton's lesser-known works.”

The Observer

9th July 2017


“Marwood is the incisive, poetic soloist in Walton’s Violin Concerto...Brabbins and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra relish the showpiece Partita.”

The Strad

July 2017

“Anthony Marwood has the technique to encompass the dazzling finger work designed with Heifetz in mind. An unqualified success.”

MusicWeb International

July 2017

“Hyperion becomes not only my overall choice for the coupling but a very strong contender in all the individual works.”

The Arts Desk

29th July 2017

“[a highlight is] Anthony Marwood’s intelligent reading of the sultry Violin Concerto. The work usually leaves me cold, but this taut performance is a keeper, especially in the long closing movement where the reprise of music from the concerto's opening is devastatingly effective. The coda’s fireworks are sensational.”

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