Walton: Façade, Music from Henry V, Orb and Sceptre (CD)

Alto
$9.99
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SKU:
ALC1026
Artist:
Peter Pears, Edith Sitwell, Sir Lawrence Olivier, Sir Malcolm Sargent

Penguin Guide Highest Rating

“[Anthony] Collins’ recording of Façade is a Gramophone classic. … [Edith] Sitwell had one of the richest and most characterful speaking voices, and here she recites her early poems to the masterful, witty music of the youthful [William] Walton with glorious relish. Peter Pears is splendid too in the fast poems, rattling off the lines like the grande dame herself, to demonstrate how near-nonsence can be pure poetry.” — Gramophone

Alto brings together for the first time three landmark recordings of British composer William Walton: the famous Sitwell/Pears Façade, scenes from Henry V read by Laurence Olivier accompanied by Walton’s stirring music for the eponymous film, and Sir Malcolm Sargent’s recording of Orb and Sceptre.

Sir William Walton

Façade (text: Edith Sitwell)
Peter Pears and Edith Sitwell, narrators / English Opera Group Ensemble / Anthony Collins, conductor

  • [1] Fanfare 0:32
  • [2] Hornpipe 1:11
  • [3] En famille 3:07
  • [4] Mariner Man 0:43
  • [5] Long Steel Grass 2:03
  • [6] Through Gilded Trellises 2:20
  • [7] Tango – Pasadoble 1:53
  • [8] Lullaby For Jumbo 1:32
  • [9] Black Mrs. Behemoth 0:58
  • [10] Tarantella 1:15
  • [11] A Man From A Far Countree 1:27
  • [12] By The Lake 1:45
  • [13] Country Dance 1:50
  • [14] Polka 1:27
  • [15] Four In The Morning 2:40
  • [16] Something Lies Beyond The Scene 0:58
  • [17] Valse 3:07
  • [18] Jodelling Song 2:32
  • [19] Scotch Rhapsody 1:15
  • [20] Popular Song 1:57
  • [21] Fox-trot: “Old Sir Faulk” 2:03
  • [22] Sir Beelzebub 1:11

Scenes from Henry V (text:Shakespeare)
Sir Laurence Olivier, narrator / Philharmonia Orchestra and Chorus / Sir William Walton, conductor

  • [23] Act Three, Scene 1: “Once more into the breach…” 5:57
  • [24] Act Four, Prologue: “Now enter conjecture of a time…” 2:59
  • [25] Act Four, Scene 1: “Upon the King! Let us our lives…” 3:39
  • [26] Act Four, Scene Three: ” This day is called the Feast of Crispian…” 5:14
  • [27] Act Four, Scene Three: ” My duty to you both with equal love…” 8:29
  • [28] Epilogue 1:33

(recorded in 1946)

Coronation March “Orb and Sceptre” 7:36
London Symphony Orchestra / Sir Malcolm Sargent, conductor
(recorded in 1954)

Produced by Tony Watts.
Remastered by Hilton Grove London