Throwback Thursday: Julian Bream Plays Walton’s “Bagatelle No. 5”

The prolific British composer William Walton’s opus Five Bagatelles for Guitar has been delighting professional guitarists and challenging/vexing conscientious amateurs since the piece was first played in concert by Julian Bream (for whom it was written) in 1972. It was Walton’s first composition written for solo guitar, written at the age of 69.


This performance, captured in 1982, features Bream playing the fifth of the five Bagatelles, which carries the directive “con slancio“: “with enthusiasm.” You’ll find plenty of that in this short but exciting clip.