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WILLIAM WALTON

William Walton represents a period in English music between Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten. After serving as a chorister at Christ Church, Oxford, he later failed to complete his graduate studies and was for a time dependent on the patronage and encouragement of the Sitwell family. He spent his later years on the island of Ischia.

Orchestral Music

Walton composed two symphonies, the first of which was completed in 1935 and has become part of the standard orchestral repertoire. His Violin Concerto and Cello Concerto are now frequently performed while his Viola Concerto is the most important 20th-century work for that instrument. Among his most popular works are the two orchestral suites from Façade (originally designed to accompany chanted poems by Edith Sitwell), the overtures Portsmouth Point and Scapino, and the coronation marches Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre. Walton wrote music for a number of films, some of which has been adapted for concert performance (including music for Henry V).

Incidental Music

Walton’s compositions for the theatre include The Boy David for Sir James Barrie and a score for Macbeth. His work for the cinema dates from 1934, when he wrote music for Escape Me Never, following this with As You Like It. Wartime films provided further opportunities, and his scores from these years include The First of the Few, from which the famous Spitfire Prelude and Fugue is derived. He also wrote music for Laurence Olivier’s Henry V, Hamlet and Richard III.

Chamber and Instrumental Music

Walton’s relatively small addition to chamber music and instrumental repertoire includes an early piano quartet and, in 1947, the String Quartet in A minor, an effective work. Other compositions include a violin sonata, Two Pieces for violin and piano, and a particularly pleasing set of piano duets for children.

Choral and Vocal Works

The oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast, its biblical text adapted by Osbert Sitwell, remains an imposing element in English choral repertoire. Other compositions include settings of the Te Deum, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, as well as Missa brevis. His songs include the cycle A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table.

Box Set Release Catalogue Number
20th Century British Orchestral Masterpieces Naxos 8.505077
English Choral Music Naxos 8.501007
Naxos Limited Edition 20th Anniversary Box Set Naxos 8.506013

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
100 FAMOUS MARCHES Altissimo
75442201072
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
20TH CENTURY STRING MUSIC Naxos
8.550979
Orchestral
25 FAMOUS MARCHES, Vol. 4 Altissimo
75442255402
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
AVE MARIA - Les plus beaux Ave Maria et chants a la Vierge (The Most Beautiful Ave Marias and Songs to the Virgin) Naxos
8.570886-87
Choral - Sacred
BALAKIREV: Piano Sonata / LISZT: Apres une lecture du Dante (Kentner) (1938-1951) Naxos Historical
8.111223
Instrumental
BENNETT, R.R.: Suite for Skip and Sadie / Partridge Pie / 7 Days a Week / WALTON, W.: Duets for Children Delos
DE6002
Instrumental
BERLIOZ: Harold in Italy / WALTON: Viola Concerto (1946) (Primrose) Naxos Historical
8.110316
Concertos
BEST OF BRITISH Naxos
8.570573-74
Orchestral
BEST OF LONDON Naxos
8.572098-99
Orchestral
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.503134
Orchestral
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC (A) Naxos
8.557246-47
Orchestral
BRIDE'S GUIDE TO WEDDING MUSIC FOR CIVIL CEREMONIES (A) Naxos
8.570227-28
Orchestral
BRITISH FILM MUSIC (UK ONLY) Naxos
8.554577
Film and TV Music
BRITISH GUITAR MUSIC Naxos
8.557040
Instrumental
BURNING RIVER BRASS: Of Knights and Castles Dorian Sono Luminus
XCD-90277
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Choral Concert: Vasari Singers - PARRY, H. / STANFORD, C.V. / STAINER, J. / NAYLOR, E.W. / WALTON, W. / HOLST, G. / FINZI, G. (Great British Anthems) Naxos
8.572504
Choral - Sacred
Choral Music - ROREM, N. / DIRKSEN, R.W. / NEAR, G. / BROWN, M.S. / RUTTER, J. / GOEMANN, N. / HARRIS, W.H. / BOLES, F. (Sing We Hallelujah) (Pearson) Delos
DE3149
Choral - Sacred
CHORAL WEDDING (A) - A Selection of Favourite Choral Anthems and Hymns for Church Weddings Naxos
8.578196-97
Choral - Sacred
ELGAR / WALTON: Violin Concertos (Heifetz) (1941, 1949) Naxos Historical
8.110939
Concertos
ENGLISH CHORAL MUSIC Naxos
8.557557-58
Choral - Sacred
ENGLISH SONG Naxos
8.557559-60
Vocal
Gramophone Awards 2000 Naxos
8.555303
Chamber Music, Concertos
Guitar Recital: Ana Vidovic Naxos
8.554563
Instrumental
HOLST, G.: St. Paul's Suite / A Fugal Concerto / BRITTEN, B.: Simple Symphony / WALTON, W.: 2 Pieces for Strings (Botvay) Capriccio
C10584
Orchestral
MONUMENTAL WORKS FOR WINDS Naxos
8.570243
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Music and Video Club Vol. 2 (UK Only) Naxos
8.555082
Orchestral
MYSTERY CLASSICS - Curl up with the Classics Delos
DE1601
Instrumental
Naxos Audiophile Kingdom Naxos
8.554915DX
Concertos
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The) Altissimo
75442261012
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Bicentennial Collection (The), Vol. 9 Altissimo
75442262022
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Great Marches Not by John Philip Sousa, Vol. 1 Altissimo
75442255852
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Music from the Land of Hope and Glory Altissimo
75442262952
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
PRESIDENT'S OWN UNITED STATES MARINE BAND: Retrospective Altissimo
75442260962
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
ROMANCE OF THE SILVER SCREEN (The) Naxos
8.578005-06
Orchestral
Rule Britannia: Last Night of the Proms Naxos
8.553981
Orchestral
STORY OF BRITISH CLASSICAL MUSIC (THE) Naxos Educational
8.558193-94
Concertos
SVEN GORAN ERIKSSONS - Klassiska Favoriter Naxos
8.503135
Orchestral
SYMPHONIC BRASS Naxos
8.570726
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
THREE ELIZABETHS (THE): A Musical Celebration of Britain through the Centuries Naxos
8.557032-33
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred, Orchestral
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF THE ROCKIES: Hands Across the Sea Altissimo
75442260442
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONCERT BAND: First Flights Altissimo
75442260572
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND BAND: On Parade Altissimo
75442262672
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE TACTICAL AIR COMMAND BAND: Standard Bearers of Excellence II Altissimo
75442270472
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Viola Recital: Jones, Matthew - CLARKE, R. / WALTON, W. / BRIDGE, F. / BAX, A. / BLISS, A. / VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, R. (English Music for Viola) Naxos
8.572579
Chamber Music
Violin Recital: Ricci, Ruggiero - BACH, J.S. / BRAHMS / VIOTTI / ROSSINI / STRAUSS, R. / PAGANINI / CHOPIN (Hidden Treasures) Dynamic
CDS298
Chamber Music
Vocal Recital: Breedt, Michelle - ELGAR, E. / ARNE, T.A. / HORDER, M. / QUILTER, R. / COATES, E. / HARRISON, J. (Shakespeare Inspired) TwoPianists
TP1039077
Vocal
WALTON / RAWSTHORNE / BERKELEY / TIPPETT / BRITTEN: British Guitar Music BIS
BIS-CD-926
Instrumental
WALTON, W.: Cello Concerto / HINDEMITH, P.: Cello Concerto / Cello Sonata, Op. 25, No. 3 (Poltéra, São Paulo Symphony, Shipway) BIS
BIS-2077
Instrumental, Concertos
WALTON, W.: Henry V Suite / Cello Concerto / Violin Sonata / RANDS, B.: 3 Canzoni senza parole Delos
DE3342
Orchestral, Chamber Music, Concertos
WALTON, W.: Quest / The Wise Virgins (English Northern Philharmonia, Lloyd-Jones) Naxos
8.555868
Ballet, Orchestral
WALTON, W.: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 2 (Lille National Orchestra, Hughes) BIS
BIS-SACD-1646
Orchestral
WALTON, W.: Symphony No. 1 (Walton) (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80168
Orchestral
WALTON, W.: Symphony No. 2 / Viola Concerto (Tomter, English Northern Philharmonia, Daniel) Naxos
8.553402
Orchestral, Concertos
WALTON, W.: Troilus and Cressida (excerpts) (Schwarzkopf, Walton) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80131
Opera
WALTON, W.: Violin Concerto / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Heifetz) (1950-1954) Naxos Historical
8.111367
Concertos
WALTON, W.: Wise Virgins (The) / TOMMASINI, V.: Le donne di buon umore Suite (1953) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81061
Orchestral
WALTON: Anon in Love / Facade Settings / A Song for the Lord (English Song, Vol. 1) Naxos
8.557112
Vocal
WALTON: As You Like It / Hamlet Naxos
8.553344
Film and TV Music
WALTON: Belshazzar's Feast / Crown Imperial Naxos
8.555869
Orchestral, Choral - Sacred
WALTON: Henry V Naxos
8.553343
Film and TV Music
WALTON: Spitfire Prelude and Fugue / Sinfonia Concertante / Hindemith Variations Naxos
8.553869
Orchestral
WALTON: String Quartet / Piano Quartet Naxos
8.554646
Chamber Music
WALTON: Symphony No. 1 / Partita Naxos
8.553180
Orchestral
WALTON: Twelve (The) / Coronation Te Deum / Missa Brevis Naxos
8.555793
Choral - Sacred, Film and TV Music, Choral - Sacred
WALTON: Violin Concerto / Cello Concerto Naxos
8.554325
Concertos

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