Robin Walker: Orchestral Music

Robin Walker: Orchestral Music

The English composer Robin Walker (born in York in 1953) writes music which acknowledges nature as the paramount creative force. Working in a tradition which passes through Beethoven, Brahms, Elgar, Sibelius, Tippett and Birtwistle, he challenges the intellectual emphasis of modernism by channelling emotional energy into form, marrying subjective feeling and discipline in what he calls ‘passionate classicism’. This union of instinct and structure has created some of the most vigorous and exciting orchestral music of recent years, as the four powerful pieces on this CD demonstrate.

Novaya Rossiya Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Walker, conductor

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Catalogue No: TOCC0283
EAN/UPC: 5060113442833
Release Date: 01.05.2016
Composer: Robin Walker
Artists: Alexander Walker, Novaya Rossiya Symphony Orchestra

Listen To This Recording:

  1. Great Rock is Dead: Funeral March (2007)
  2. Odysseus on Ogygia: Prelude (2011)
  3. The Stone King: Symphonic Poem (2005)
  4. The Stone Maker: Symphonic Poem (1996)

1 review for Robin Walker: Orchestral Music

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    5 out of 5


    This is certainly one of my records of 2016 and the most interesting new discovery for me in quite a while. As Rob Barnett points out in his review for MusicWeb International, there aren’t too many contemporary composers writing symphonic poems. So surely both the extended The Stone Maker (1996) and terse The Stone King (2005) must be amongst the finest examples around. They are impressively played and recorded, and their Nordic influences leave a deep impression. This is definitely worth snapping up and I hope Toccata will record more of Walker’s music.

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