Walton: Symphony No 1

  • Catalogue Number LSO0076
    UPC 822231107620

    James Mallinson producer
    Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineer

    Recorded September and December 2005, Barbican, London

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en Francais / auf Deutsch

  • Listeners CD of the Year BBC Radio 3 CD Review

    Editor's Choice Gramophone

    Classical CD of the Month 'No-one has exposed its troubled heart with greater care than Sir Colin. The sound is terrific ... don't hesitate!'
    Hi-Fi News

    'The playing is staggeringly impressive - this orchestra is quite incapable of playing a wrong note - and Sir Colin's reading is astounding ... he shapes the structure with unerring mastery. Sir Colin demonstrates what great conducting in this work can achieve. He holds the orchestraon a tight rein, but never to the detriment of expressivity, even in the Scherzo, and when he gives the LSO its head the effect is electrifying. What is also surely beyond dispute is that this is a performance that will stand the test of time for generations to come.'
    International Record Review

    'The whole performance, taken from concerts at the Barbican late last year, has a power and eloquence and tragic intensity that show the orchestra, their conductor, Colin Davis, and the work at their splendid best. Even André Previn's 1966 account wilts alongside this dazzler.' The Times

    'Yet again, the London Symphony Orchestra has scored a hands-down success for their in-house record label, LSO Live. Sir Colin has long been a champion of English music, but even by his standards this is a vital performance. The LSO grapple with Walton's technically demanding score with apparent ease ... It's one of their strongest releases yet.' MusicOMH.com

    'The first movement is one of the most exhilarating in any 20th Century symphony, and all its power and propulsive energy is unleashed in Sir Colin's performance. The LSO cover themselves in glory with crisp rhythms and virtuosic playing from every department.'
    The Mail On Sunday

    ‘‘No one has exposed its troubled heart with greater care than Sir Colin’ I wrote. He had a way, too, of making the course of this powerful symphony sound inevitable.' Classical Companion

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Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra


By the time he began working on his First Symphony, William Walton had already established himself as the most exciting young British composer of the day. The work proved to be one of the twentieth century's greatest symphonies. Volcanic sentiments simmer beneath its surface and the music conveys the tensions of the 1930s whilst always remaining consistently timeless in its appeal.


Composer   Walton
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. Symphony No 1 in B flat minor: I. Allegro Assai
2. Symphony No 1 in B flat minor: II. Scherzo: Presto, Con Malizia
3. Symphony No 1 in B flat minor: III. Andante Con Malincolia
4. Symphony No 1 in B flat minor: IV. Maestoso - Brio Ed Ardentemente Vivacissmo Maestoso

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