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George Walker, the composer | George Walker, the pianist.

A major historical recording featuring George Walker as composer, with the 1977 recording of his Mass by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sergiu Comissiona and George Walker as pianist in a live concert from 1956 with the Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra conducted by Howard Hanson. In addition there are two works for choir performed by the Morgan State College Choir conducted by Dr. Nathan Carter.
George Walker, composer
Claudia Lindsay, soprano, Norma Hirsch, alto, William Brown, tenor, Abraham Lind-Oquendo, baritone, Morgan State College Choir, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Sergiu Comissiona, conductor

George Walker, composer
Psalm 117
Morgan State College Choir, Dr. Nathan Carter, conductor

George Walker, composer
Psalm 96
Morgan State College Choir, Dr. Nathan Carter, conductor

Johannes Brahms, composer
Concerto for Piano No. 2 in B Flat Major, Op. 83
George Walker, piano, Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra, Howard Hanson, composer

“The Mass is a grand work, not often heard, and it presents plenty of problems for the [Morgan State College Choir] and soloists…they deserve credit for surmounting Walk-er’s challenges. Cast in dense extended tonality of the composer’s later idiom, the Mass is notable for its dark, imposing treatment for the text. The real find here is the perfor-mance of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83…It is an extraordi-nary reading, urgent and commanding... But you owe it to yourself to hear the young George Walker play the Brahms…” (James Manheim)
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