Notes and Editorial Reviews
Sadly Walter Legge advised Elisabeth Schwarzkopf not to sing the work on stage, and her heartfelt performance on this recording makes one regret that all the more.
...Similarly the power and passion of Troilus and Cressida, the grandly tragic opera which Walton wrote for Covent Garden, has never come over more tellingly than in the fine collection of excerpts recorded in 1955 only five months after the premiere in the previous December. Sadly Walter Legge advised his wife, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, not to sing the work on stage, and her heartfelt performance on this recording makes one regret that all the more. Richard Lewis as Troilus was at his peak too, strong and clear. With the excerpts rightly concentrating on high-points in the lovers' music, one marvels how rich Walton's invention is, with Cressida in particular inspiring melodies of Puccinian memorability... The CD transfer of the EMI mono sound is first-rate, with the voices given fine presence, so that the contrast with the Decca stereo is not obtrusive.
-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [1/1994]