I was listening to Walton's 1st Symphony today and it suddenly struck me what Dudamel and his Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra might do with the piece. What do people think?
Their very sharp rhythmic sense and enthusiasm (this is young man's music...) I imagine would certainly pay dividends. Of course Walton's 1st isn't just about playing it as a showpiece - you need a strong grasp on structure and symphonic process too (especially in that magnificent quasi-Sibelian opening movement).
Still, I've heard a couple of recordings of Walton's 1st recently which are fine performances overall, with understanding of and feeling for the music, but which would have been all the more compelling if the actual playing had been more secure, rhythmically supple and sonorous.
On a tangential note, I think DG have really missed a trick in not recording Dudamel and the SBYO in the Symphonic Dances from West Side Story. I thought it was immensely exciting (subtle as well as visceral) when they brought it to the Proms for that extraordinary concert a few years back.