Wednesday, December 2, 2015

WAGHALTER Orchestral works

"Walker’s interpretation of the music is sturdy, with good rhythmic pulse. The New Russia Orchestra plays with healthy vigor and largeness of gesture…" --American Record Guide, November 2015

" It’s great fun, and conducted with both flair and love by Alexander Walker, who is responsible for the work’s (New World Suite) reconstruction... The New Russia State Symphony Orchestra…plays quite well under Walker’s direction, and the sonics, while perhaps a bit studio-bound, never come between you and the music. A very enjoyable release.", July 2015

Ignatz Waghalter rose from an impoverished childhood in Poland to become conductor at the newly founded Deutsches Opernhaus in Berlin in 1912. Here, the first performance of his youthful comic opera Mandragola, attended by luminaries such as Richard Strauss, Busoni, and Humperdinck, won him huge acclaim: the Overture and Intermezzo reveal his orchestral mastery.

With the rise of Nazism Waghalter left Europe for America where he strongly identified with the Afro-American cause, and began work on the New World Suite, ten short movements of rich melodic imagination that illustrate his constant desire to write approachable and lively music. Volume 1 in this series [8.572809] was an ICMA (International Classical Music Awards) nominee.

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