60th Anniversary Retrospective
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Albany Records is proud to continue its George Walker series this time celebrating his 60th anniversary.

In 1945 George Walker became the first black graduate of the renowned Curtis Institute of Music. The centerpiece of his graduation recital was the Liszt Sonata in b-minor, newly recorded here as an anniversary celebration. Along with this work are representative examples of Walker's art as a highly expressive, original composer who writes in a "tough," sinewy modern style but whose works reveal a distinct, American lyricism. George Theophilus Walker was born in Washington. His early years were notable for his performances in New York's Town Hall, and his appearances with Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra in the Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 3. His first composition, the String Quartet No. 1, appeared in 1946 and the second movement, Lyric for Strings, is performed on this new CD. Walker has composed over 90 works for orchestra, chamber orchestra, piano, strings, voice and solo instruments. In 1996 he was the first black recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Music for Lilacs, for Voice and Orchestra. Walker is a true American treasure, and we are proud to release this latest disc in a series devoted to his compositions and performances from the piano repertoire (these can be heard on TROY 117, 136, 154, 252, 270, 411, 523 and 697).
George Walker, composer
Lyric for Strings
Son Sonora String Quartet

George Walker, composer
Perimeters for Clarinet and Piano
Scott Anderson, clarinet, Robert Pollock, piano

Franz Liszt, composer
Piano Sonata in B Minor
George Walker, piano

George Walker, composer
Canvas for Wind Ensemble, Voices and Chorus
North Texas Wind Symphony & A Cappella Choir, Jonathan Howell, tenor, Eugene Corporon, conductor

"Some excellent music by Walker and his emotionally satisfying performance of the Liszt Sonata." (Amazon.com)

"[Walker] is an outstanding pianist, and his take on the Liszt is unusual." (American Record Guide)
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