Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
“Russian recital vies for contention with no less than Rostropovich”
“Jamie Walton’s outstanding programme of Russian classics – including the original version of Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations – captures the music’s soaring lyricism with impassioned eloquence and interpretative flair. Few would claim that the three Glazunov works are out of his creative top drawer; but, played with this degree of emotional imperativeness, supported to the hilt by Okko Kamu and the RPO on resplendent form, they leave an indelible impression. Even compared to Mstislav Rostropovich in the Chant du ménéstrel, Walton finds an added dimension of rapt intensity that is very special. Rostropovich (along with Kabalevsky) played an essential role in getting Prokofiev’s incomplete Concertino into a performable state (especially the finale). While his celebrated 1960s recording carries its own special authority, it is Walton who more successfully captures the music’s wistful stylistic retrospection.
Known for his rich, disciplined tone and clean interpretations, Jamie Walton has appeared throughout Europe, USA, Australia, New Zealand, South America, Scandinavia and the UK in concerto, solo and as a chamber music. Passionate about chamber music Jamie set up his highly successful North York Moors Chamber Music Festival in 2009, shortlisted for a prestigious Royal Philharmonic Award within two years. He is now setting up his own record label to accompany this and as a recording artist has released many CDs for Signum to international critical plaudits, including ten concertos with the Philharmonia.