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Evocative flowing and highly inspired performances,
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This review is from: Walton: Cello Concerto; Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No.1 (Jamie Walton) (Audio CD)
Jamie Walton is an outstanding and versatile musician, born in 1974 and cellist since age 7. He was finalist in 1992 young Musician of the Year, studied under the great teacher William Pleeth, and has continued to demonstrate maturity beyond his years in his perceptive and insightful musical interpretations coupled with absolute command of his instrument and a cultured tone of rich colour and nuance. His performances of Elgar, William Walton, Shostakovich 1 and 2, just for starters, are exceptional.
In this CD, he plays both Walton and Shostakovich #1 concerti with a fine flowing line when exploring the poignancy and pathos of the music, and an exquisite phrasing which creates an evocative argument and overarching understanding of the musical direction and links throughtout the composition, in both pieces, especially so in the William Walton.
His Walton concerto is a performance of consummate musicianship, his tone, on his 1712 Guiseppe Guarnerius, is rich and sonorous, with lovely timbre and colour. His technique is invisibly effortless, the Walton sounding as if it could have been written for him instead of Gregor Piatigorsky.
I listen to this performance more than any other version I own, a most sensitive and articulate demonstration of this iconic cello composition from the mid 20th century, recorded with impeccable sound quality.
His clarity and incisive playing in the Shostakovitch makes the music come alive, faultless and beautiful, full of angst and feeling. Words annot really describe. He absolutely nails it.
I regret to have to say it, but if someone advises listening to Hayden as an alternative to this superb inspirational offering, then they have totally missed the point.