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 — C√¢n 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.
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
Little Suite for Flute and Harp (1960s)
Violin Sonata (1989–96)
Poésies du soir (Poems of the Evening), for mezzo soprano and chamber orchestra (1961)
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Catalogue No: TOCC0090EAN/UPC: 5060113440907Release Date: 17.11.2008Composer: Gareth Walters Artists: Adam Summerhayes,
Wendy Dawn Thompson
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