Walters: Song-Cycles, Chamber Music
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Gareth Walters: Song-Cycles and Chamber Music

Song of the Heart

Catalogue Number: TOCC0090
EAN: 5060113440907
Release Date: 17 November 2008
Duration: 68:40

Cân y galon (Song of the Heart)
Little Suite for Flute and Harp
Violin Sonata
Berceuse for harp
Poésies du soir (Poems of the Evening)

Carolyn Foulkes, soprano
Sally Pryce, harp
Adam Walker, flute
Adam Summerhayes, violin
Nicola Eimer, piano
Wendy Dawn Thompson, mezzo soprano
London Concertante, ensemble
Gregory Rose, conductor

The Welsh composer Gareth Walters (1928–2012) studied with Jean Rivier and Olivier Messiaen in Paris in the early 1950s, inheriting a formal elegance which characterised his music ever after, enhanced on this disc by a nocturnal, serenade-like quality. The two song-cycles on this disc – Cân y galon (‘Song of the Heart’), set in Welsh, on aspects of love, and Poésies du soir, which evoke the calm of summer evenings – share the song-writing clarity of Britten, whose early encouragement galvanised Walters’ career as a composer. They enclose the buoyant, Celtic-coloured Little Suite for Flute and Harp, the expansive Violin Sonata and the gentle Berceuse for harp.

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Track Listing, MP3 Downloads and Streaming Samples

Track No. Track Title / Details Duration Sample Add to Cart
DOWNLOAD COMPLETE ALBUM 68:40
1-5 Cân y galon (Song of the Heart), for soprano and string quartet (1970)

Gareth Walters, composer
Carolyn Foulkes, soprano
London Concertante, ensemble

(first recording)
18:15
1 1. ‘Torri Calon’ (‘Heartbreak’) 4:24 play
2 2. ‘Cân Olwen i Afaon’ (‘Olwen’s Song to Afaon’) 1:58 play
3 3. ‘Y Garreg’ (‘The Rock’) 3:53 play
4 4. ‘Llawer Gwaith’ (‘Many a Time’) 2:01 play
5 5. ‘Cân y Fam i’w Phlentyn’ (‘A Mother’s Song to her Child’) 5:59 play
6-9 Little Suite for Flute and Harp (1960s)

Gareth Walters, composer
Sally Pryce, harp
Adam Walker, flute

(first recording)
10:37
6 I. Allegro 2:25 play
7 II. Lento 3:30 play
8 III. Vivo ben ritmico 2:08 play
9 IV. Allegretto semplice 2:34 play
10-13 Violin Sonata (1989–96)

Gareth Walters, composer
Adam Summerhayes, violin
Nicola Eimer, piano

(first recording)
25:05
10 I. Allegro assai 7:13 play
11 II. Lento 7:20 play
12 III. Moderato 3:35 play
13 IV. Allegro energico 6:57 play
14 Berceuse for harp (1965)

Gareth Walters, composer
Sally Pryce, harp

(first recording)
2:24 play
15-17 Poésies du soir (Poems of the Evening), for mezzo soprano and chamber orchestra (1961)

Gareth Walters, composer
Wendy Dawn Thompson, mezzo soprano
London Concertante, ensemble
Gregory Rose, conductor

(first recording)
12:19
15 1. ‘L’Idéal’ (‘The Ideal’) 3:18 play
16 2. ‘Promenade sur l’eau’ (‘Promenade on the Water’) 3:13 play
17 3. ‘Nuit d’été’ (‘Summer Night’) 5:48 play

Artists

Gareth Walters

Gareth Walters, composer

Carolyn Foulkes

Carolyn Foulkes, soprano

Sally Pryce

Sally Pryce, harp

Adam Walker

Adam Walker, flute

Adam Summerhayes

Adam Summerhayes, violin

Nicola Eimer

Nicola Eimer, piano

Wendy Dawn Thompson

Wendy Dawn Thompson, mezzo soprano

London Concertante

London Concertante, ensemble

Gregory Rose

Gregory Rose, conductor

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