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) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0090/TOCC0090t06.mp3
Violin Sonata (1989–96) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0090/TOCC0090t10.mp3
Poésies du soir (Poems of the Evening), for mezzo soprano and chamber orchestra (1961) https://d3i77y9w5vf4up.cloudfront.net/TOCC0090/TOCC0090t15.mp3
Catalogue No: TOCC0090EAN/UPC: 5060113440907Release Date: 17.11.2008Composer: Gareth Walters Artists: Adam Summerhayes, Adam Walker, Carolyn Foulkes, Gregory Rose, London Concertante, Nicola Eimer, Sally Pryce, Wendy Dawn Thompson
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