Walton Viola Concerto (1962 version)
Brahms Symphony No 4
Robin Ticciati conductor
Antoine Tamestit viola
London Symphony Orchestra
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Robin Ticciati conducts Brahms, and Antoine Tamestit performs Walton’s Viola Concerto – music born of youth and age, but united by passion.
When the young William Walton premiered his Viola Concerto in 1927, it caused a Europe-wide sensation: a composer in his twenties, taking a neglected instrument and writing for it with unprecedented imagination and power. Brahms’s Fourth Symphony, meanwhile, would be his last – but he wasn’t going peacefully into the night, and every note burns with creative fire.
In other words, this is a concert that unites youthful genius with music drawn from a profound engagement with life. At the centre of it all is viola virtuoso Antonie Tamestit, renewing his artistic partnership with conductor Robin Ticciati. Two artists on the same page, in music that always has something new to say.