| Walton - Viola Concerto|
LSO - Previn
Barbican Hall London :: October 1997
The Independent - Robert Cowan
Walton's artistic journey from progressive enfant terrible, to mature post-Romantic and reflective poet can easily be traced through the three superb string concertos that André Previn, the LSO and the LSO's string principals presented in a single concert. Paul Silverthorne set the standard with a broad, pliable and limpidly phrased account of the Viola Concerto, the earliest concerto of the three and some would say the greatest. Silverthorne evidently knows his William Primrose recordings, which is no bad thing in itself though (he) had plenty of his own ideas.
The Guardian - Edward Greenfield
For the first time from Previn and the LSO we had the ideal combination of the three Walton Concertos, all for stringed instruments. The danger was that the three might sound too similar. But having them together, with brilliant LSO principals as characterful soloists, helped sort them out, and highlight their differences. Paul Silverthorne in the Viola Concerto and Tim Hugh in the Cello Concerto... played with an assurance and warmth of tone ideal for these works. What orchestra in the world could boast soloists of this calibre?