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William Alwyn's Violin Concerto
Posted by Jeffrey Davis on February 27, 2019, 6:41 pm
Why is this work so neglected and invariably damned with feint praise (including here on Musicweb)? I have been listening to it over and over again in both its Naxos and Chandos manifestations. It has me gripped throughout and I find it deeply moving in places (the slow movement for example). Personally I would much rather listen to it than to Elgar's Concerto. The BBC apparently rejected it - no credit to them. I consider it one of the greatest British violin concertos and actually one of the best 20th Century ones, notwithstanding my love for Shostakovich's Violin Concerto No.1 or Allan Pettersson's No.2, which I consider one of the greatest ever written.
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