Thursday, February 16, 2012

Albany Records: 'The series of George Walker's orchestral music continues!' on Vol. 3, Albany 1334 (2012)

[ABOVE: Dr. Rochelle Sennet, Pianist BELOW: George Walker: Great American Orchestral Works, Vol. 3; Albany Records 1334 (2012)]

The most recent volume in the series on Albany Records devoted to the orchestral music of George Walker includes two concertos — one for piano and the other for cello — interspersed with works for large chamber ensembles and Icarus, commissioned by the New Jersey Youth Symphony in 2004. George Walker’s music has been performed by every major American orchestra and many international orchestras, including those of Great Britain, Europe and South America. Recordings of his music appear on Sony, BIS, Klavier Centaur, Naxos and Albany Records, among others. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1996, Walker has received commissions from the New York Philharmonic, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He is the recipient of six honorary doctoral degrees.”

The new Albany release features Pianist Rochelle Sennet's new rendition of the Piano Concerto of George Walker, previously available on CD only on Sony DSO-1111 (2002). AfriClassical announced several months ago that Dr. Sennet's recording was forthcoming; it was released this week. [George Walker (b. 1922) is a composer and pianist whose website is, and who is featured at]

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