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William Walton

November 18, 2008

Boy Meets Girl...

William Walton wrote his first symphony while he was in a turbulent romantic relationship. His girlfriend jilted him, and Walton poured his anger and heartbreak into his first symphony. The symphony ends on a happy note, after Walton met a new love. We'll hear the final two movements of the symphony by the Philadelphia Orchestra and conductor Simon Rattle.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Franz Schubert
    Allegretto in C, D. 346
    Pianist Leif Ove Andsnes
  • Alessandro Stradella
    Chatham Baroque
    Synod Hall, Oakland, Pennsylvania
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Piano Concerto in E-flat, K. 449
    Pianist and conductor Leif Ove Andsnes with the Chamber Orchestra of Europe
    Culture and Congress Center, Lucerne, Switzerland
  • Franz Schubert
    Rondo in A for Flute and String Quartet, D. 438
    Flutist Michael Martin Kofler with the Sebastian String Quartet
    Vatroslav Lisinski Concert Hall, Zagreb, Croatia

hour 2

  • Maurice Ravel
    "Piece en Forme de Habanera"
    Violist Gyozo Mate and pianist Balazs Szokolay
    Hungarian Radio, Budapest, Hungary
  • William Walton
    Andante and Maestoso from Symphony No. 1
    The Philadelphia Orchestra with conductor Simon Rattle
    Verizon Hall, Philadelphia
  • Hector Berlioz
    Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9
    The Quebec Symphony Orchestra with conductor Yoav Talmi
    Grand Theatre, Quebec, Canada
  • Robert Schumann
    Intermezzo from "Faschingsschwank aus Wien," Op. 26
    Pianist Nikolai Lugansky
    Konzerthaus, Berlin, Germany
  • William Walton
    "Valse" from "Facade"
    Pianist Hamish Milne
  • Carlos Farinas
    Pianist Jorge Luis Prats
    Miami International Piano Festival, Miami
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