C0208. WILLIAM WALTON Cond. Philharmonia Orch.: Partita for Orchestra; WILLIAM WALTON Cond. New.Philharmonia Orch., w.YEHUDI MENUHIN: Viola Concerto (Revised Edition); WILLIAM WALTON Cond. London S.O., w. YEHUDI MENUHIN: Violin Concerto (Revised Edition) (all Cond. by the COMPOSER). (UK) EMI 65005. Long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 724356500525
“More authoritative recordings from Walton and Menuhin confirm the excellent musical relationship between these two great artists. The Violin Concerto is a beautiful work full of exquisite melodies but also carrying a strong modernistic image in its apparently light colours. An expansive Andante tranquillo is played with majesty by the LSO who had a close rapport with the composer and Menuhin's sweet playing is well suited to the proceedings. The violinist is also at home in the jolly Vivace movement which is taken at quite a clip…EMI have now added the trenchantly boisterous Partita for Orchestra, a delightful example of Waltonian 'joie de vivre' to these two concertos and this rounds off an immensely satisfying disc both in terms of authority and sound reproduction.”
Gerald Fenech, cdreview.co.uk
"Like Elgar before him, Walton was among his own finest interpreters on disc. He may have jokingly told the players that he was an amateur, but he belied that in the confident way (left hand firmly in pocket) he could steer them through the most intricate changes of bar length and rhythmic pattern....The Violin and Viola Concertos were not works associated with Menuhin before he made these recordings, but he was challenged here to give characteristically sweet and lyrical accounts, magnetic in the poignantly meditative moments, with ever-fluent rubato. This account of the Viola Concerto was the first disc to adopt the spacious approach which has tended to predominate ever since... Walton’s well-pointed accompaniments are models of understanding. The Partita, full of fun and only a little less fiery than Szell’s classic reading, makes up a generously filled disc."
- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone, July, 2000
“Although Szell’s recording of the Partita supersedes Walton’s 1959 performance with the Philharmonia in terms of brilliance of execution, the composer still manages to impart a great sense of fun in the outer movements, and the orchestra sounds as if it is enjoying itself enormously. The Partita provides an admirable foil for the more overtly Romantic Violin and Viola Concertos, which are played with languorous affection by Yehudi Menuhin – classic performances from the late Sixties that remain peerless despite fearsome competition from more recent interpreters.”