The best recordings of William Walton

We select the essential recordings of works by the enduring British composer, William Walton

Published: March 29, 2019 at 7:00 am

The Centenary Edition

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Tamsin Little etc.; Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Andrew Little
Decca 470 5082

All the symphonies, concertos and more, in a comprehensive set.

Walton Conducts Walton

LPO, LSO/William Walton
Lyrita SCRD 224

Walton here directs Portsmouth Point, Capriccio burlesco and other works.

Troilus and Cressida

Arthur Davies, Judith Howarth etc.; Opera North/Richard Hickox
Chandos CHAN 9370

Top-flight singing and orchestral playing makes an ultra-strong case for Walton’s neglected opera.

Façade; Façade 2

Susana Walton, Richard Baker (narrators); City of London Sinfonia/Hickox
Chandos CHAN 8869

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Walton’s early masterwork, plus its later supplement.

Authors

Freya ParrDigital Editor and Staff Writer, BBC Music Magazine

Freya Parr is BBC Music Magazine's Digital Editor and Staff Writer. She has also written for titles including the Guardian, Circus Journal, Frankie and Suitcase Magazine, and runs The Noiseletter, a fortnightly arts and culture publication. Freya's main areas of interest and research lie in 20th-century and contemporary music.

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