George Walker piano pieces played by Kamilla Arku

A recommendation of a free lunchtime piano recital by Kamilla Arku at St Martins in the Fields Church in Trafalgar Square (London) at 13:00 on Friday 30 August 2013.

About ten years ago I was browsing in Harold Moores Records and found a double CD of piano music by African-American composers played by Natalie Hinderas. It looked interesting so I bought it. I was particularly struck by the Piano Sonata 1 by George Walker – it seemed to me to be comparable to Aaron Copland’s wonderful Piano Variations, both in terms of its sound world and the high quality of the music.

So I was delighted when earlier this year by chance I noticed that a musician I didn’t know was playing pieces by George Walker at St Pancras Church in London. I went. Suffice it to say his “Prelude & Caprice” are good. The prelude is perhaps reminiscent of some of Shostakovich’s Preludes & Fugues for piano. Except that rather one should say that some of Shostakovich’s Preludes & Fugues are reminiscent of George Walker’s “Prelude” for piano, because his Prelude was written in 1945, but Shostakovich’s were written in 1950-51.

And now I’m even more delighted that Kamilla Arku will be playing music by George Walker at St Martin in the Fields.

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About Colin Bartlett

I'm interested in arts, mathematics, science. Suliram is a partial conflation of the names of three good actors: Ira Aldridge, Anna May Wong, and another. My intention is to use a personal experience of arts to make some points, but without being too "me me me" about it. And to follow Strunk's Elements of Style. Except that I won't always "be definite": I prefer Niels Bohr's precept that you shouldn't write clearer than you think.
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