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Walters: Song of the Heart, Poésies du soir, Violin Sonata, etc / Rose, Foulkes, et al

Album Summary

>Walters, Gareth : Cân y galon (Song of the Heart), for voice & string quartet
>Walters, Gareth : Little Suite, for flute & harp
>Walters, Gareth : Sonata for violin & piano
>Walters, Gareth : Berceuse, for harp
>Walters, Gareth : Poésies du soir (Poems of the Evening), for voice & chamber orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Welsh composer Gareth Walters (b.1928) studied with Jean Rivier and Olivier Messiaen in Paris in the early 1950s, inheriting a formal elegance which has characterized his music ever since, enhanced on this disc by a nocturnal, serenade-like quality. The two song-cycles here - 'Can y galon' (Song of the Heart), set in Welsh, on aspects of love, and 'Poesies du soir', evoking the calm of summer evenings - share the songwriting clarity of Benjamin Britten, whose early encouragement galvanized Walters' career as a composer. They enclose the buoyant, Celtic-colored 'Little Suite for Flute and Harp', the expansive 'Violin Sonata', and the gentle 'Berceuse' for harp.

Welsh composer Gareth Walters (b. 1928) studied with Jean Rivier and Olivier Messiaen in Paris in the early 1950s, inheriting a formal elegance that has characterized his music ever since, enhanced on this disc by a nocturnal, serenade-like quality. The two song-cycles on this disc - Can y galon ('Song of the Heart'), set in Welsh, on aspects of love; and Poesies du soir, which evoke the calm of summer evenings - share the songwriting clarity of Britten, whose early encouragement galvanized Walters' career as a composer. They enclose the buoyant, Celtic-colored 'Little Suite for Flute and Harp', the expansive 'Violin Sonata', and the gentle 'Berceuse for harp'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: British Grove Studios, London (2006-09-16_2006-09-17&2006-).



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>Walters, Gareth : Cân y galon (Song of the Heart), for voice & string quartet
  • Performer: Carolyn Foulkes (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: London Concertante
  • Notes: British Grove Studios, London (2006-09-16_2006-09-17&2006-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Walters, Gareth : Little Suite, for flute & harp
  • Performers: Sally Pryce (Harp); Adam Walker (Flute)
  • Notes: British Grove Studios, London (2006-09-16_2006-09-17&2006-)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960s

>Walters, Gareth : Sonata for violin & piano
  • Performers: Nicola Eimer (Piano); Adam Summerhayes (Violin)
  • Notes: British Grove Studios, London (2006-09-16_2006-09-17&2006-)
  • Running Time: 24 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1989-1996

>Walters, Gareth : Berceuse, for harp
  • Performer: Sally Pryce (Harp)
  • Notes: British Grove Studios, London (2006-09-16_2006-09-17&2006-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1965

>Walters, Gareth : Poésies du soir (Poems of the Evening), for voice & chamber orchestra
  • Performer: Wendy Thompson (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Gregory Rose
  • Ensemble: London Concertante
  • Notes: British Grove Studios, London (2006-09-16_2006-09-17&2006-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1961