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George Walker: Great American Orchestral Works, Vol. 4 - Sinfonia no 4; Antifonys for Strings; Lilacs for voice & Orch. / Albert Lee, tenor

Album Summary

>Walker, George : Sinfonia no 4 ("Strands")
>Walker, George : Antifonys, for chamber orchestra
>Walker, George : Lilacs, for voice & orchestra
>Walker, George : Movements (3), for cello & orchestra
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Born in 1922, George Walker is an acknowledged American master whose orchestral works have been played by every major American orchestra. He is the recipient of seven honorary doctorate degrees and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for Lilacs, which is one of the works on this compact disc. Two works, Sinfonia No. 4 and Movements for Cello and Orchestra are world premiere recordings. Ian Hobson, a champion of Walker's music is the conductor for this recording.

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
This program begins with a recent work, a onemovement Sinfonia 4 (Strands), commissioned by Meet the Composer for 2012, which wanted a ten-minute work. The 1967 Antifonys for string orchestra takes seven minutes; it also exists in a version including winds and percussion. It is an effective piece. When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom'd for tenor and orchestra. Lee sounds good. The program ends with a major threemovement suite for cello and orchestra lasting 26 minutes, also composed in 2012. This is another beautifully moving work. They all sound good. This release is important!



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Works Details

>Walker, George : Sinfonia no 4 ("Strands")
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia Varsovia
  • Running Time: 10 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Walker, George : Antifonys, for chamber orchestra
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Ensemble: Sinfonia da Camera
  • Running Time: 7 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Walker, George : Lilacs, for voice & orchestra
  • Performer: Albert Lee
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1995

>Walker, George : Movements (3), for cello & orchestra
  • Performer: Dmitry Kouzov (Cello)
  • Conductor: Ian Hobson
  • Running Time: 24 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Concerto