Jascha Heifetz (1901-89), was one of the greatest violinists of the twentieth century. He established an unparalleled standard of playing, to which modern-day violinists still aspire to.
English composer, William Walton was thirty-seven, when he was commissioned by Heifetz to compose a violin concerto, in the late 1930s. In May of 1939, he travelled to Heifetz's adopted home, in the USA, with his unfinished score in hand. The two men proceeded to work on the piece, especially the third movement, until satisfied with it.
It was with this concerto, plus a pair of Walton's earlier works - the viola concerto "Belshazzar's Feast", and his First Symphony - that Walton established his reputation, as a major composer. This recording, with the Philharmonia Orchestra in accompaniment, conducted by Walton himself, is from July 1950.
Violin Concerto, by Walton (1939 ; 27:15) :-
1) I Andante tranquillo 2) II Presto capriccioso alla Napolitana 3) III Vivace
Edward Elgar completed his Violin Concerto, in 1910, when both Jascha Heifetz and William Walton were youngsters. By the time of its composition, Elgar was already established as a composer of international renown.
The Violin Concerto has held a prominent position in world classical repertory ever since its premiere, its significance lying in its rich musical content. This recording, with the London Symphony Orchestra in accompaniment, conducted by Malcolm Sargent, is from June 1949.
Violin Concerto, by Elgar (1910 ; 42:09) :-
4) I Allegro 5) II Andante 6) III Allegro molto
The CD is in EX- condition.