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Berners: Wedding Bouquet, Etc / Alwyn, Rte Sinfonietta


Release Date: 04/23/1996 
Label:  Marco Polo   Catalog #: 223716   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Lord (Tyrwhitt) Berners
Conductor:  Kenneth Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE SinfoniettaRTE Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"A Wedding Bouquet . . . was an extraordinary combination of elements: a shockingly nonsensical text taken from Gertrude Stein’s They must be wedded to their wife, set to music by Berners – who also designed the costumes and decor – and choreographed by Frederick Ashton. . . . The whole work comes out wonderfully in this effervescent performance, with all the sparkle of the champagne being liberally drunk on stage. Both soloists and chorus are well balanced . . . . The tunes are extremely catchy, especially the tango and the crazy waltz, and there is every justification now for regarding A Wedding Bouquet as Berners’s masterpiece – a real discovery in British music of the inter-war period, and destined to become a classic. . . . [Luna Park] Read more is impeccably crafted and radiates balletic enjoyment." -- Peter Dickinson, Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1. A Wedding Bouquet by Lord (Tyrwhitt) Berners
Conductor:  Kenneth Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE Sinfonietta,  RTE Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Taney Parish Center, Dublin 
Length: 33 Minutes 25 Secs. 
2. Luna Park by Lord (Tyrwhitt) Berners
Conductor:  Kenneth Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Taney Parish Center, Dublin 
Length: 16 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3. March by Lord (Tyrwhitt) Berners
Conductor:  Kenneth Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  RTE Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1945; England 
Date of Recording: 02/1994 
Venue:  Taney Parish Center, Dublin 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Wedding Bouquet: Allegro Brilliant
Wedding Bouquet: Tranquillo
Wedding Bouquet: Tempo di Valse
Wedding Bouquet: Tempo de Tango
March (orch. P. Lane)
Luna Park: The Four Niches
Luna Park: Adagio
Luna Park: Variation (Mamselle Nikita)
Luna Park: Variation (Serge Lifar)
Luna Park: Coda

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