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Lambert: The Bird Actors Overture, Etc / Lanchbery, Et Al


Release Date: 01/23/2001 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9865   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Constant Lambert
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victoria State Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

At the tender age of 20, Constant Lambert wrote his ballet Romeo and Juliet for the famous Ballets Russes. A short time thereafter he completed another ballet, Pomona, and the brief Overture also included on this disc. This is attractive light music written in a jazzy, neo-classical vein, with individual numbers (generically named for the most part after Baroque dances: Musette, Toccata, Passcaglia, Siciliana, Menuetto, etc.) seldom exceeding three minutes in length. The overture to The Bird Actors testifies to the composer's short-windedness: it's over just as it seems to get started. Charming, rhythmically perky, totally inconsequential, and very well scored, the music receives appropriately snappy performances from ballet specialist John Read more Lanchbery and his well-trained theater orchestra. Toss in fine sonics, and the result is self-recommending if you enjoy say, Walton's Façade Suite or Stravinsky's Pulcinella (both of which admittedly have a bit more substance). It makes nice, peppy background music too. Try giving a copy to your doctor, dentist, or psychiatrist and tell them it will put a little pizzazz in their waiting rooms.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Pomona by Constant Lambert
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victoria State Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927 
2.
The Bird Actors by Constant Lambert
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victoria State Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925/1927; England 
3.
Romeo and Juliet by Constant Lambert
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victoria State Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; England 

Sound Samples

The Bird Actors
Pomona: I. Intrata
Pomona: II. Corante
Pomona: III. Pastorale
Pomona: IV. Menuetto
Pomona: V. Passacaglia
Pomona: VI. Rigadoon
Pomona: VII. Siciliana
Pomona: VIII. Marcia
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau I: Rondino
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau I: Gavotte and Trio
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau I: Scherzetto
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau I: Siciliana
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau I: Sonatina
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau II: entracte
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau II: Sinfonia
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau II: Alla marcia
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau II: Toccata
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau II: Musette
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau II: Burlesca
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau II: Adagietto
Romeo and Juliet: Tableau II: Finale

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