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Wartime Favourite

Walton's career took a new turn in the wartime era: his music was behind some of the greatest patriotic films ever made. Donald Macleod looks at the composer's increasing national importance- and official recognition.

1 hour

Music Played

  • William Walton

    Spitfire Prelude

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra Performer: Conductor: Sir William Walton

    • EMI 7243 5 65007 2 3.
    • 13.
  • William Walton

    Christopher Columbus: A Musical Journey

    Performer: Scenes 8-12 Performer: Speaker (Christopher Columbus): Julian Glover Performer: Speaker (Ironic Spirit/Herald): Jamie Glover Performer: Speaker (Sailor/Voice): Philip Lloyd Holtam Performer: Soprano (Isabella): Caroline Carragher Performer: Mezzo (Beatriz): Jean Rigby Performer: Tenor: Tom Randle Performer: Baritone: Roderick Williams Performer: Guitar: Craig Ogden Performer: BBC National Chorus of Wales Performer: BBC National Orchestra of Wales Performer: Conductor: Richard Hickox

    • CHANDOS CHSA 5034 22-32.
  • William Walton

    Henry V- Scenes from the film

    Performer: Speaker: Sir Laurence Olivier Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra Performer: Conductor: Sir William Walton

    • EMI 7243 5 65007 2 3.
  • William Walton

    Orb and Sceptre

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult

    • EMI 7243 5 65584 2 7.
    • 13.

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