Britten/Walton

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COMPOSERS: Britten/Walton
LABELS: EMI
WORKS: Violin Concerto; Violin Concerto
PERFORMER: Ida Haendel (violin); Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Berglund
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 7 64202-2 ADD (1978)
Ida Haendel’s sinewy and athletic reading of the often under-rated Britten combines toughness with a cumulative dramatic impetus which is hard to resist. Berglund and the Bournemouth players respond with a terse and argumentative vigour, suitably balanced between resignation and defiant rhetoric, especially in the closing Passacaglia. The Walton Concerto, also dating from 1938-9, is played with an apposite blend of inscrutable panache, as in the irrepressibly brilliant central movement, and elsewhere, a sensuous, if occasionally over-indulgent languor. Rare lapses in the finale can be safely overlooked, in a performance of eloquence and undisputed stature. Michael Jameson

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