WORKS: Violin Concerto; Façade Suite No. 1; Johannesburg Festival Overture; Capriccio burlesco
PERFORMER: Zino Francescatti (violin)Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy; New York Philharmonic/André Kostelanetz
CATALOGUE NO: SMK 58931 ADD (1958-69)
These are classic transatlantic CBS Walton performances, atmospherically immediate and brightly lit. Zino Francescatti’s famously wiry, intense reading of the Violin Concerto has all the brilliance and authority you’d expect, with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Ormandy in vintage form. And André Kostelanetz (to whom Walton dedicated the Capriccio burlesco) revels stylishly in the physical razzmatazz of the Johannesburg Festival Overture, and the genius and panache of Façade.
Creative CD remastering, and comprehensive documentation. Delectable. Ates Orga