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William Walton Symphony No.2 & Viola Concerto



The New Haven Symphony Orchestra (NHSO) and the Yale University Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library are pleased to collaborate on the William Walton Project. The Frederick R. Koch Collection, housed at the Beinecke Library, contains the world’s largest archive of Walton’s original manuscripts. This project presents a unique opportunity for Walton’s music to be “brought to life” using these manuscripts as the source of preparation for performances.

William Walton Symphony No.2 & Viola Concerto


"The latest Nimbus disc of Walton is a companion for the outstanding earlier issue of the First Symphony and Violin Concerto from the same forces (10/10). It came as rather a surprise to me in that earlier disc that an orchestra I had hardly heard of should play Walton with such finesse and warmth, a lesson for some of our British orchestras and a fine tribute to American standards. The second symphony is a wonderfully crafted work in which Waltonian electricity is not of such a high voltage as in the first. Nonetheless, William Boughton draws from the New Haven orchestra a comparably magnetic performance. (...) Beautifully recorded in live performances in Woolsey Hall, New Haven, this is another winner among Walton discs." Edward Greenfield, Gramophone March 2015

"Here is the second release in what promises to be a series of recordings of Walton’s music by this orchestra and conductor under the title of the ‘William Walton Project’. This has the inestimable advantage of having access to the extensive Frederick R. Koch Collection of Walton’s original manuscripts, which therefore gives a veneer of authenticity to the undertaking that has to be taken into account. I found the first release, of the First Symphony and Violin Concerto (reviewed in July/August 2010), to be broadly acceptable, although the performances did not wholly compare with the best available, and much the same comment can be levied at this new CD." Robert Matthew Walker, Record Review January 2015