Great American Orchestral Music, Vol. 2
GEORGE WALKER Great American Orchestral Music, Vol. 2 TROY1178 - Price: $16.99
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A revelatory performance by the composer's son of his new violin concerto.

The most recent work on this recording, the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, was completed in 2008 and features the composer's son as soloist. The composer observes that "The special qualities of all of the works on this cd are captured skillfully by the conductor Ian Hobson and the Sinfonia Varsovia." This recording is the second volume on Albany Records that features this esteemed composer's orchestral music.
Contents:
George Walker, composer
Concerto for Violin and Orchestra
Gregory Walker, violin, Sinfonia Varsovia, Ian Hobson, conductor

George Walker, composer
Sinfonia No. 2 for Orchestra
Andrzej Krzyzanowski, flute, Sinfonia Varsovia, Ian Hobson, conductor

George Walker, composer
Foils for Orchestra (Homage Saint George)
Sinfonia Varsovia, Ian Hobson, conductor

George Walker, composer
Pageant and Proclamation
Sinfonia Varsovia, Ian Hobson, conductor

Review:
"...this disc...makes the most compelling case for a broader advocacy of George Walker's compositional output. ...For me the real treasure trove here is Walker's Violin Concerto, which I found thoroughly engaging on first listen and even more rewarding in subsequent hearings. (New Music Box)

"The Violin Concerto...it's dissonant and colorful, and shifts suddenly between drama and beauty, tension and motion. ...The soloist (the composer's oldest son) is superb--great intonation, winning lyricism, and good variety of tone." (American Record Guide)
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