GEORGE WALKER (b.1922): Violin Concerto, Sinfonia No. 2, Foils (Homage à Saint George), Pageant and Proclamation.
Catalogue Number: 04L100
Reference: TROY 1178
Description: The concerto is a conventionally laid out specimen of the genre in traditional three-movement form. A lively and florid solo part is in constant dialogue with powerful orchestral forces, in very much the Romantic model of the relationship between soloist and orchestra. The language is tonal; various gestures and figurations suggest the Sibelius concerto as a precursor of this fine and dramatic work. The Sinfonia opens with a dramatic flourish, leading to discursive interchanges between sections of the orchestra. The second movement is a gentle lament with an important flute solo, while the finale grows in rhythmic insistence toward a brilliant conclusion. Foils suggests conflict, the thrust and parry of a duel, with rapid interchange of vigorous, slashing gestures. Pageant was written for the opening of the NJ Performing Arts Center, and opens with a decisive fanfare, followed by quotations from When the saints go marching in and We shall overcome in a powerfully affirmative tone-poem for the reconstruction of a troubled city. Gregory Walker (violin), Sinfonia Varsovia; Ian Hobson.