Sir William Walton‘s Cello Concerto premiered on this day in 1957.
The first performance was given by Russian-born American virtuoso Gregor Piatigorsky, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra – under the baton of Charles Munch.
It’s believed Walton regarded the concerto more favourably than his violin and viola works.
GREGOR PIATIGORSKY | WALTON | CELLO CONCERTO | 1ST MVT | CHARLES MUNCH & BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
LAURA VAN DER HEIJEN | WALTON | CELLO CONCERTO | 1ST MVT | BBC YOUNG MUSICIAN COMPETITION | 2012
ROBERT COHEN | WALTON | CELLO CONCERTO | ANDREW LITTON & BOURNEMOUTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA