Walton

Track listing

1. No.1: Prelude-Allegro Moderato
2. No.2: Carol-Andante Con Moto
3. No.3: Christmas Dance-Allegro
4. Elegy For Viola, String Quartet And String Orchestra
5. I: Andante Comodo
6. II: Vivo, Con Molto Preciso
7. III: Allegro Moderato
8. I: Allegro Assai
9. II: Andante Cantabile
10. III: Allegro Scherzando

The recording of Helen’s second major disc, “Works for Viola and Orchestra by British Composers” is complete and has been released by the Sanctuary Classics [ASV] in the UK. The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra [NZSO] was under the direction of Marc Taddei.

Wayne Laird – session producer,
editor and mastering
Helen records with the
New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
The gorgeous NZSO hall,
empty after the recording is complete

Read an article by an observer at the recording session – Australia & New Zealand Society Journal June 2005 Issue No.18 (.doc)

View of Auckland from the hotel window
A brief conversation during the recording
Helen listens to the day’s work in the studio

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Reviews

“Helen Callus plays with sumptuous tone matched by flawless intonation to give the most beautiful account i have ever heard of the Walton Concerto. She brings out the warmth of Walton’s lyricism, one memorable theme after another, and finds a rare mystery in the pianissimo passages, above all in the haunting epilogue.” –Gramophone Magazine

“English violist Helen Callus is beguiling in this delightful music by her compatriots. She is perfectly attuned to the lyrical elegiac mood that prevails, no more successfully than in the heartfelt Elegy by Howells.” –ClassicFM