Walker: Turning Towards You
Label: DIVINE ART
Format: COMPACT DISC
Manchester Camerata Ensemble; Turner, John; Howarth, Richard; McGrath, Emma; Kym, Min-Jung; Manchester Sinfonia; Bosch, Leon; Langridge, Jennifer
Robin Walker began his musical life as Head Chorister at York Minster then studied under David Lumsdaine at Durham and Anthony Milner at the Royal College of Music. His early work was seriously modernist but since the 1980s he has worked on an ‘instinctual’ approach involving a relationship with Nature, a sense of Place and our position within it, even including ‘folk-style’ elements – also to some extent informed by studying the music and dance of India. Leading soloists and the award winning Manchester Sinfonia present a range of works for solo instruments and the remarkable and inspired Concerto for Violin, Recorder and Strings (‘A Prayer and a Dance of Two Spirits’); the album follows a purely orchestra set recently issued by Toccata. John Turner is one of the world’s leading recorder players with a long and distinguished career; Emma McGrath is currently concertmaster/principal violin of the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra; Jennifer Langridge is a busy soloist and chamber musician and has been principal cello of Psappha for 24 years. Leon Bosch is an internationally renowned double bass virtuoso with over a dozen solo albums to his name, Min-Jung Kym is a Steinway Artist career, having already performed with many leading orchestras and she was pianist of choice of legendary violinist Ruggiero Ricci.