Selected Choral Works
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Don Walker's love of choral music is amply displayed in this new recording.

Composer Don Walker says that he has always felt a strong affinity for vocal music, having been a boy soprano soloist, a baritone soloist, and a member of several choirs. He composed and performed his first solo arias while still in high school and had written several song cycles and choral works before receiving his undergraduate degree. All told, he has written five operas, 30 song cycles and equivalent numbers of cantatas and other choral works over the past 50 years. This recording showcases select works from his oeuvre, some for a cappella chorus and others for chorus and piano and one work (Cummings Country) for chorus, vibraphone and contrabass. This is Walker's third recording for Albany Records -- the first a collection of song cycles and the second feature his works for chamber ensemble.
Contents:
Don Walker, composer
Cummings Country
Chorus Ars Brunensis; Dan Kalousek (conductor)

Don Walker, composer
Magnificat
Chorus Ars Brunensis; Dan Kalousek (conductor)

Don Walker, composer
Benjamin Franklin Songs
Chorus Ars Brunensis; Dan Kalousek (conductor)

Don Walker, composer
Walt Whitman Songs
Chorus Ars Brunensis; Dan Kalousek (conductor)

Don Walker, composer
Four Poems of Emily Dickinson
Chorus Ars Brunensis; Dan Kalousek (conductor)

Don Walker, composer
Three Poems of Emily Dickinson
Chorus Ars Brunensis; Dan Kalousek (conductor)

Don Walker, composer
from Distler
Chorus Ars Brunensis; Dan Kalousek (conductor)

Don Walker, composer
Kentucky Wry
Chorus Ars Brunensis; Dan Kalousek (conductor)

Review:
"…In his notes to this recording he [Don Walker] declares his strong affinity for vocal music. He has written 5 operas, 30 song cycles, and cantatas, and other choral works. His musical language is mainly triadic and accessible, but not always with textbook harmony. He has a special fondness for imitative choral writing." (American Record Guide)
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