George Walker: Great American Concert Music / Alison Buchanan, soprano; George Walker, piano; Gregory Walker, violin; Robert Pollock, piano

Album Summary

>Walker, George : Sonata for Piano no 3
>Walker, George : Music for Three, for violin, cello & piano
>Walker, George : The Bereaved Maid, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : Hey Nonny No, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : Sweet Let Me Go, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : So We'll Go No More A-Roving, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : With Rue My Heart is Laden, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : Wild Nights
>Walker, George : What if I Say I Shall Not Wait, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : I Have No Life But This, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : Bequest, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : I Went to Heaven, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : Response
>Walker, George : A Red, Red Rose, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : In TIme of Silver Rain
>Walker, George : Leaving, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : Ev'ry Time I Feel de Spirit, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : I Got a Letter from Jesus, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : Mary Wore Three Links of Chain, for voice & piano
>Walker, George : Bleu for solo violin
>Walker, George : Sonata for Piano no 5
Performers Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording continues the series on Albany Records of the music of the distinguished composer George Walker, who celebrated his 90th birthday June 27. 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 has been inducted into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame. Included on the CD are his Piano Sonata No. 3 written in 1976, his Music for 3 composed in 1971, his Piano Sonata No. 5 composed in 2003 and numerous songs. Walker's music is given superb performances by a sterling group of artists.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
The two final instrumental works on the record do not quite match up to the works that open the program, but both are strong nonetheless. A short piece for unaccompanied violin shows Walker's compositional versatility, as well as the considerable skills of his son, Gregory Walker. The fifth piano sonata is a shorter one-movement work with a more limited range of activity. If you don't already own any of George Walker's music, this is a fine first purchase.



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Works Details

>Walker, George : Sonata for Piano no 3
  • Performer: Leon Bates (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Walker, George : Music for Three, for violin, cello & piano
  • Ensemble: Ritz Chamber Trio
  • Running Time: 6 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Chamber Music

>Walker, George : The Bereaved Maid, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : Hey Nonny No, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : Sweet Let Me Go, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : So We'll Go No More A-Roving, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : With Rue My Heart is Laden, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : Wild Nights
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Walker, George : What if I Say I Shall Not Wait, for voice & piano
  • Performers: George Walker (Piano); Alison Buchanan (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : I Have No Life But This, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : Bequest, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : I Went to Heaven, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : Response
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : A Red, Red Rose, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940-1960

>Walker, George : In TIme of Silver Rain
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Walker, George : Leaving, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Walker, George : Ev'ry Time I Feel de Spirit, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Walker, George : I Got a Letter from Jesus, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal

>Walker, George : Mary Wore Three Links of Chain, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alison Buchanan (Soprano); George Walker (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Walker, George : Bleu for solo violin
  • Performer: Gregory Walker (Violin)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Walker, George : Sonata for Piano no 5
  • Performer: Robert Pollock (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 2003