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WALTON, W.: Violin Concerto / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Heifetz) (1950-1954)


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WALTON, W.: Violin Concerto / CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO, M.: Violin Concerto No. 2 (Heifetz) (1950-1954)

William Walton’s Violin Concerto, heard here in its revised version in a now legendary recording conducted by the composer, was undoubtedly Jascha Heifetz’s most successful commission. Like the other Romantic works on this disc by Camille Saint-Saëns and Christian Sinding, it perfectly suited Heifetz’s polished elegance and scintillating virtuosity. Written for and premièred by Heifetz, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Second Violin Concerto was described by the composer as ‘a kind of Biblical concerto, an evocation of times in the glorious past’. Although the work predates the composer’s Hollywood days by seven years, any one of the three movements, which portray the Old Testament prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah and Elijah, would not be out of place as part of the soundtrack to an epic, Biblical film.

Walton, William

  Violin Concerto
1.   I. Andante tranquillo 00:09:49
2.   II. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana 00:05:50
3.   III. Vivace 00:11:14

Saint-Saëns, Camille

  Havanaise, Op. 83
4.   Havanaise, Op. 83 00:09:19

Sinding, Christian

  Suite im alten Stil, Op. 10
5.   I. Presto 00:01:46
6.   II. Adagio 00:05:20
7.   III. Tempo giusto 00:04:40

Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario

  Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 66, "I profeti" (The Prophets)
8.   I. Isaiah: Grave e meditative 00:12:23
9.   II. Jeremiah: Espressivo e dolente 00:09:34
10.   III. Elijah: Fiero e impetuoso (ma sostenuto e ben marcato il ritmo) 00:07:30

Total Playing Time: 01:17:25

Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario; Saint-Saëns, Camille; Sinding, Christian; Walton, William

Steinberg, William; Wallenstein, Alfred; Walton, William

Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra; Philharmonia Orchestra; RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra

Heifetz, Jascha

Label: Naxos Historical

Series: Great Violinist

Genre: Concerto; Orchestral

Period: 20th Century; Romantic

Catalogue No: 8.111367

Barcode: 747313336722

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Physical Release: 04/2011

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