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George Walker: Great American Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 / Ian Hobson

Audio Samples

>Walker, George : Icarus in Orbit, for orchestra
>Walker, George : Piano Concerto
>Walker, George : Abu, for 2 narrators, violin, cello & piano
>Walker, George : Dialogus, for cello & orchestra
>Walker, George : Da Camera for violin, cello, piano, harp, celesta, orchestra & percussion

Album Summary

>Walker, George : Icarus in Orbit, for orchestra
>Walker, George : Piano Concerto
>Walker, George : Abu, for 2 narrators, violin, cello & piano
>Walker, George : Dialogus, for cello & orchestra
>Walker, George : Da Camera for violin, cello, piano, harp, celesta, orchestra & percussion
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The most recent volume in the series on Albany Records devoted to the orchestral music of George Walker includes two concertos - one for piano and the other for cello - interspersed with works for large chamber ensembles and Icarus, commissioned by the New Jersey Youth Symphony in 2004. George Walker's music has been performed by every major American orchestra and many international orchestras, including those of Great Britain, Europe and South America. Recordings of his music appear on Sony, BIS, Klavier Centaur, Naxos and Albany Records, among others. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1996, Walker has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is the recipient of six honorary doctoral degrees.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
Abu for Narrators and Chamber ensemble is a dignified, solemn setting of James Henry Leigh Hunt's Abu Ben Adhem. At the end is a beautiful hymn from 1826, In Christ There is No East or West. The most recent piece, Da Camera for piano trio, harp, string ensemble, and percussion has blustery chords punctuated by piano and timpani contrasting with lyrical solos for Sherban Lupu's violin and Brandon Vamos's cello. The Sinfonia Varsova and the Sinfonia de Caera both acquit themselves well.



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Works Details

>Walker, George : Icarus in Orbit, for orchestra
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Walker, George : Piano Concerto
  • Performer: Rochelle Sennet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Running Time: 23 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto

>Walker, George : Abu, for 2 narrators, violin, cello & piano
  • Performers: Sherban Lupu (Violin); Rochelle Sennet (Piano); Brandon Vamso (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Walker, George : Dialogus, for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Dmitry Kouzov (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Running Time: 12 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Walker, George : Da Camera for violin, cello, piano, harp, celesta, orchestra & percussion
  • Performers: Sherban Lupu (Violin); Brandon Vamos (Cello); Rochelle Sennet (Piano)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Running Time: 10 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern