Walters, G: Berceuse for harp

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Gareth Walters - Song of the Heart

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17th Nov 2008




68 minutes


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Gareth Walters - Song of the Heart

Walters, G:

Cân y galon (Song of the Heart), for soprano and string quartet

Little Suite for Flute and Harp

Violin Sonata

Berceuse for harp

Poésies du soir (Poems of the Evening) for mezzo soprano and chamber ensemble

Carolyn Foulkes (soprano) & Wendy Dawn Thompson (mezzo soprano)

London Concertante, Gregory Rose



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Born in Swansea, Gareth Walters received early encouragement from Benjamin Britten, who visited his family home.

His studies in Paris in the 1950s with Jean Rivier and Olivier Messiaen helped give his music elegance and clarity, to which his own Welsh heritage adds a tinge of Celtic colour.

Gareth Walters spent most of his professional life at the BBC and has been composing fulltime since his retirement.

Cân y galon (‘Song of the Heart’) is a setting of five Welsh poems commissioned by BBC Wales in 1970.

The singer in the first performance of ‘Song of the Heart’ was the Welsh soprano Mary Thomas, the teacher of the soloist on this recording, Carolyn Foulkes.

The booklet contains the composer’s own notes on the music, the full song-texts in Welsh and French and Gareth Walters’ own translations into English.

All these works are receiving their first recordings.

Gareth Walters: Can y galon (Song of the Heart)

No. 1. Torri Calon (Heartbreak)

No. 2. Can Olwen i Afaon (Olwen's Song to Afaon)

No. 3. Y Garreg (The Rock)

No. 4. Llawer Gwaith (Many a Time)

No. 5. Can y Fam i'w Phlentyn (A Mother's Song to her Child)

Gareth Walters: Little Suite

I. Allegro

II. Lento

III. Vivo ben ritmico

IV. Allegretto semplice

Gareth Walters: Violin Sonata

I. Allegro assai

II. Lento poco sostenuto

III. Moderato

IV. Allegro energico

Gareth Walters: Berceuse


Gareth Walters: Poisies du soir (Poems of the Evening)

No. 1. L'Ideal (The Ideal)

No. 2. Promenade sur l'eau (Promenade on the Water)

No. 3. Nuit d'ete (Summer Night)

Gramophone Magazine

May 2009

“The composer is fortunate in his first singer, soprano Carolyn Foulkes. A pupil of Mary Thomas, who gave the first performance, she brings a voice pure in tone, even in emission, well suited to these mostly tender, meditative settings.”

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