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Walton: Troilus And Cressida / Foster, Baker, Cassilly, English

Release Date: 04/03/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 29140   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Sir William Walton
Performer:  Elizabeth BainbridgeRichard CassillyBenjamin LuxonDame Janet Baker,   ... 
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden OrchestraRoyal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"...The failure of Troilus and Cressida was a source of great distress to Walton. He felt that it had not been given a fair 'crack of the whip' by Covent Garden. In 1971 he decided on yet further revisions. Gillian Widdecombe suggested Janet Baker for the role and next time he was in London Walton saw Janet Baker on stage and was captivated. She agreed to perform in the opera which meant that the part of Cressida would have to be transposed down. Act II was the first to be ready and was performed on its own at a Promenade Concert in 1972 conducted by André Previn. At last Walton had found the conductor he wanted and Previn had always admired Walton's music and was his pre-eminent interpreter at the time. However, Janet Baker did not sing at Read more the Prom, Cressida being performed by Jill Gomez...When the score was finally ready for the 1976 revival at Covent Garden the jinx on the opera displayed itself yet again. Walton himself was ill from stress and then André Previn developed bursitis (a swelling in the joints) and had to withdraw. He was replaced by Lawrence Foster who had to learn the score at short notice. The Troilus, Alberto Remedios, also backed out to be replaced by Richard Cassilly. Finally, Covent Garden only made Ł15,000 available, all of which went on costumes so the scenery had to be borrowed from other productions together with what could be salvaged from the original productions. (In that same year Covent Garden spent 10 times that much on La Fanciulla del West!). Nevertheless, in spite of luke warm reviews, the tickets sold well and Walton was finally happy. EMI did issue a recording with the 1976 cast which has finally made it onto CD. Its glory is the singing of Janet Baker..." - MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

Troilus and Cressida by Sir William Walton
Performer:  Elizabeth Bainbridge (Mezzo Soprano), Richard Cassilly (Tenor), Benjamin Luxon (Baritone),
Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Gerald English (Tenor), Richard Van Allan (Bass)
Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra,  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954/1976; England 

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