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Penguin Guide, January 2009

In many ways Tim Hugh’s reading of the Cello Concerto is the most searching yet. He finds an intense thoughtfulness, a sense of mystery, of inner meditation in the great lyrical ideas of all three movements, daring to play with a more extreme pianissimo than any rival. The bravura writing finds him equally concentrated, always sounding strong and spontaneous in face of any technical challenge. As in their previous Walton recordings, Paul Daniel and the English Northern Philharmonia equally play with flair and sympathy, so that the all-important syncopations always sound idiomatic, even if the strings lack a little in weight. In the Violin Concerto Dong-Suk Kang here follows up the success of his Naxos recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto, playing immaculately with a fresh, clean-cut tone, pure and true above the stave.




David Denton
Fanfare, November 2000

the finest discs of William Walton I have yet encountered. It couples the Violin and Cello Concertos in performances that capture the virtuoso and lyrical elements of the works in such perfect proportions. In Paul Daniel this composer has surely found the ideal conductor. © 2000 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare



Robert Moon
Audiophile Audition, May 2000

"These are lyrically generous works with contrasting sections of vital energy, imaginatively scored and fully worthy of Walton's greatest works.

"Cellist Tim Hugh invests the lyrical passages with a beauty that explores the depths of Walton's bittersweet sadness. The fiery scherzo is performed with all its brilliance and the improvisations for cello alone in the finale are technically dazzling and emotionally rich. The enigmatic, quiet finale, with just a hint of portamento is very moving. Paul Daniel's accompaniment is sumptuous and thrilling, recorded with verve and depth. An outstanding performance and recording.

"Naxos continues to bring us superb recordings of English composers."



James Miller
Fanfare, April 2000

"Dong-Suk Kang...is a very clean, brilliant player with nothing to fear from the somewhat close miking. In addition, the orchestral parts are a delight-there are all kinds of interesting things happening under the soloist, and the Paul Daniel/Naxos combination lets us hear most of them. A superb, highly competitive version. ...conductor Daniel is leading an outstanding Walton series, and I'm looking forward to the rest."



Martin Cotton
BBC Music Magazine, January 2000

"At any price, this version would be a top contender."



Classic FM, January 2000

"Walton wrote his Cello Concerto on the Italian island of Ischia. Its sunny, daydreaming mood is perfectly captured in Tim Hugh's powerful, yet mellow performance, and the spectacular fireworks of the Violin Concerto - composed for the late great Jascha Heifetz - cause no problems for Korean virtuoso Dong-Suk Kang."



Geoffrey Norris
The Daily Telegraph (Australia), November 1999

"Dong-Suk Kang has an impassioned lyrical line and suppleness of tone... there is plenty of character here, wit and warmth woven together in a winning interpretation.

[Tim Hugh's] performance is poignant in expression, matching energy with contemplative intensity in the final Theme and Improvisations. The orchestral playing in both concertos is vibrantly alive to Walton's colouring."




Gramophone, November 1999

This welcome new issue in Naxos's excellent Walton series neatly follows up their recent coupling, closely parallel, of Britten's Violin Concerto and Cello Symphony (8.553882). Here again, the cellist is Tim Hugh, outstanding in every way, whose reading in some ways is the most searching yet.

[Tim Hugh] finds a thoughtfulness, a sense of mystery, of inner meditation in Walton's great lyrical ideas... always sounding strong and spontaneous in the face of any technical challenges.

As in their previous Walton recordings, Paul Daniel and the English Northern Philharmonia play with equal flair and sympathy, so that the all-important syncopations always sound idiomatic.

There is a similar balance in the Violin Concerto... Dong-Suk Kang here follows up the success of his Naxos recording of the Elgar Violin Concerto, playing immaculately with fresh, clean-cut tone, pure and true above the stave... Many will also applaud the way that Kang opts for speeds rather faster and more flowing than have latterly been favoured.

An excellent coupling - absolutely not just as a bargain - of two outstanding performances, with the Cello Concerto offering new depths of insight.



Hugh Canning
, October 1999

"This coupling of the bittersweet Violin Concerto (1939) and the valedictory Cello Concerto (1956) should interest not only those new to the music, but also Walton connoisseurs... The Korean violinist Dong-Suk Kang and British cellist Tim Hugh both give effortless accounts of the solo parts. The playing of the ENP under an inspired Daniel is exemplary."






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