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Walton: Facade; Stravinsky / Chailly, Ashcroft, Irons


Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 421717   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Igor StravinskySir William Walton
Performer:  Derek Hammond-StroudPhilip LangridgeNeil JenkinsRobert Lloyd,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Walton's sassy setting of 29 Edith Sitwell poems for rhythmic narration with small instrumental ensemble here fully lives up to its subtitle, "An Entertainment." Ms. Ashcroft and Mr. Irons not only supply superb diction, enhanced by digital clarity, but reveal a dimension of emotion lurking under Sitwell's strange wordplay not often felt in other performances. Mr. Chailly and the excellent instrumentalists prove unfailingly precise as well. ''Facade 2'' consists of eight interestingly sparse settings that Walton excluded from the published version. - New York Times, [1989] Walton's sassy setting of 29 Edith Sitwell poems for rhythmic narration with small instrumental ensemble here fully lives up to its subtitle, "An Entertainment." Ms. Ashcroft and Mr. Irons not only supply superb diction, enhanced by digital clarity, but reveal a dimension of emotion lurking under Sitwell's strange wordplay not often felt in other performances. Mr. Chailly and the excellent instrumentalists prove unfailingly precise as well. ''Facade 2'' consists of eight interestingly sparse settings that Walton excluded from the published version. - New York Times, [1989] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Renard by Igor Stravinsky
Performer:  Derek Hammond-Stroud (Baritone), Philip Langridge (Tenor), Neil Jenkins (Tenor),
Robert Lloyd (Bass)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915-1916; Switzerland 
Language: Russian 
2. Façade by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Derek Hammond-Stroud (Bass), Neil Jenkins (Tenor), Robert Lloyd (Bass),
Dame Peggy Ashcroft (Spoken Vocals), Philip Langridge (Tenor), Jeremy Irons (Spoken Vocals)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921-1922; England 
Language: English 

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