George Walker Plays Bach, Schumann

George Walker (piano)

Catalog #: TROY0252
Release Date: August 1, 1997
Format: Digital

The great American composer George Walker, who won the Pulitzer Prize for music in 1996 with his composition, Lilacs for Voice and Orchestra began his musical career as a pianist. He was born in Washington, DC in 1922. He began to take piano lessons when he was five years old. He graduated from Oberlin at 18 and went on to Curtis where he studied piano with Rudolf Serkin and composition with Rosario Scalero. In 1945 he made his acclaimed New York debut in Town Hall in a concert that was sponsored by Mr. And Mrs. Efrem Zimbalist. Two weeks later, he appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra as soloist in the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 3 under Eugene Ormandy. Subsequently he appeared with many major Orchestras performing the core of the romantic repertoire. In 1950, he became the first black instrumentalist to obtain major concert management. In 1953, he became the first black artist to make a major concert tour of Europe, where he played to resounding acclaim in seven countries. Here we have the composer as performer in works that have long had special meaning for him. This is a unique, warm, lovely disc. Please note that it is HDCD encoded for your customers who are looking for the latest in digital technology.


Choose your platform

Track Listing

Title Composer Performer
Etude in C Sharp Minor, Op. 10, No. 4 Frederic Chopin George Walker, piano
Etude in G Flat Major, Op. 10, No. 5 Frederic Chopin George Walker, piano
Etude in E Flat Minor, Op. 10, No. 6 Frederic Chopin George Walker, piano
Etude in B Minor, Op. 25, No. 10 Frederic Chopin George Walker, piano
Nocturne in F Sharp Major, Op. 15, No. 2 Frederic Chopin George Walker, piano
Toccata Francis Poulenc George Walker, piano
Kreisleriana, Op. 16 Robert Schumann George Walker, piano
Prelude and Fugue in D Major, WTC No. 5 J.S. Bach George Walker, piano


  • "Especially since winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1996, George Walker has been celebrated as a composer and pedagogue.But as I pointed out when welcoming the first volume of this series, he first made his mark as a virtuoso pianist, and this recital centers on works that were featured at his first public performances more than half a century ago.The sound is only fair, and Walker's notes could give more detail about the way he conceptualizes the music. Even so, this should be warmly received by the composer's admirers."

    – Fanfare

*Album cover provided for Editorial use only. ©Albany Records. The Albany Imprint is a registered trademark of PARMA Recordings LLC. The views and opinions expressed in this media are those of the artist and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views and opinions held by PARMA Recordings LLC and its label imprints, subsidiaries, and affiliates.