The Cleveland Orchestra – George Walker

George Walker
Track 1 Antifonus
Track 2 Sinfonia Nr. 4, „Strands“
Track 3 Lilacs (for voice and orchestra)
Track 4 Sinfonia Nr. 5, „Visions“

The Cleveland Orchestra
Franz Welser-Möst, conductor
Latonia Moore, soprano

Date of release: November 4th, 2022

Recorded Live at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Concert Hall at Severance Music Center (October 2020, October 2021, March 2022)

Franz Welser-Möst on George Walker:

“The first time I heard [George Walker’s] music listening to a recording, I thought, ‘This is central European, great 20th-century music.’ And then of course, you find he’s quoting a gospel there, in a well-trained, free-spirited way. I’m interested in his music—not because of his life story—I’m interested in his music because of the quality. It’s very condensed. George Walker’s music is so dense that ten minutes are as emotionally exhausting as other music which is three times as long. It’s tricky, it’s difficult, it’s demanding, it’s challenging, and there is an intensity and a real voice which I enjoy enormously.”

The new album is available on CD (Hybrid SACD), or digitally worldwide on all major online streaming or download purchase services

Companion booklet includes special insights from Franz Welser-Möst, Music Director of The Cleveland Orchestra about the recordings along with program notes about the musical works, and photographs of The Cleveland Orchestra performing the pieces.

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