Walton & Barber: Violin Concertos


Walton’s Violin Concerto was composed during a stay at the stunning Villa Cimbrone on Italy’s Amalfi coast, and reflects this environment in different ways – some more apparent than others (the 2nd movement is based on a ‘tarantella’, after Walton suffered a tarantula bite whilst there). The piece has endured as one of his most popular works, and is contrasted here by Barber’s Violin Concerto and famous Adagio for Strings.

Making his debut recording as a soloist on Signum, Thomas Bowes has built a firm reputation as an orchestral leader, soloist and chamber musician. He has also concert-mastered many film scores – the most recent credit being for “The King’s Speech.” The Malmö Opera Orchestra and conductor Joseph Swensen join him for this recording.

A masterly account … with Bowes essaying flickering rhapsodic moments, assailed by striking orchestral flourishes – The Independent

Bowes yields to none of the Walton’s great interpreters – Heifetz (the dedicatee), Menuhin, Franccscatti, Chung, Kennedy – in his dazzling passage work … with his gorgeous portamento and rubato – The Times

What is so remarkable about Bowes as a soloist is not just his technical assurance, his flawless intonation over the widest range, tonal and dynamic, but his natural feeling for warmly romantic expressiveness … Altogether a resounding success – Gramophone

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Thomas Bowes violin

Malmö Opera Orchestra

Joseph Swensen conductor

RELEASE DATE: 25/04/2011
BARCODE: 635212023822

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

William Walton

1. I. Andante tranquillo

2. II. Presto capriccioso alla napolitana – Trio (Canzonetta)

3. III. Vivace

Two Pieces for Strings from Henry V

William Walton

4. Passacaglia: Death of Falstaff

5. Touch Her Soft Lips and Part

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra op. 14

Samuel Barber 

6. I. Allegro

7. II. Andante

8. III. Presto in moto perpetuo

9. Adagio for Strings op. 11 Samuel Barber 

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