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William Turner Walton

William Turner Walton (1902-83)

Composer

Born in Lancashire in 1902, Sir William Walton is frequently considered one of the greatest twentieth-century British composers. He is best known for his Symphony No. 1, the choral cantata Belshazzar's Feast, concertos for violin, viola, and cello, ceremonial pieces such as Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre, and Façade for reciter and chamber ensemble, using the poetry of Edith Sitwell.

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 Interview, Edward Gardner on Walton

The conductor talks to David about the latest instalment in his series of Walton recordings on Chandos - featuring James Ehnes setting aside his violin in favour of the viola for Walton's Viola Concerto.

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