Facades – Music By William Walton And Constant Lambert

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“Facades – Music By William Walton And Constant Lambert”

1 CD

Τιμή: €13.00

Συντελεστές

Ronald Woodley (Piano), Andrew West (Piano), James Geer (Tenor).

Contents
Lambert, C: 3 Pièces nègres pour les touches blanches
Walton: 4 Songs, No. 4, The Winds
Walton: 3 Songs to Poems by Edith Sitwell, No. 1, Daphne
Walton: Tritons
Lambert, C: 8 Poems of Li-Po
No. 1, A Summer Day
No. 2, Nocturne
No. 3, With a Man of Leisure
No. 4, Lines
Walton: Siesta (Version for Piano 4 Hands)
Walton: Under the Greenwood Tree (From “As You Like It”)
Walton: Beatriz’s Song (From “Christopher Columbus”) [Arr. C. Palmer for Voice & Piano]
Lambert, C: 8 Poems of Li-Po
No. 5, The Ruin of the Ku-Su Palace
No. 6, The Intruder
No. 7, On the City Street
No. 8, The Long-Departed Lover
Walton: Façade Suite No. 1 (Arr. C. Lambert for Piano 4 Hands)
Walton: Façade Suite No. 2 (Arr. C. Lambert for Piano 4 Hands)

“SOMM Recordings explores one of the most significant partnerships in 20th-century British music with Façades, a disc of piano-accompanied songs and music for four-hand piano by William Walton and Constant Lambert. The two shared a friendship of nearly 30 years until Lambert’s death in 1951, aged 45. Façades takes its title from Walton’s era-defining “entertainment”, heard here in arrangements for four-hand piano of its two orchestral Suites by Lambert – regarded by Walton as the definitive reciter of Edith Sitwell’s nonsense verses. Lambert’s Trois pièces nègres pour les touches blanches for piano duet are a kaleidoscopic, jazz-accented tour de force exploration of the piano’s white keys. Described by the composer as an “idyll”, Walton’s Siesta (also for two-player piano) is, says Ronald Woodley in his entertaining and informative booklet notes, “infused with the clear light and open charm of Italy”. The eight song settings by Lambert of poems by the eighth-century Chinese poet Li Po are “exquisitely crafted, restrained and often enigmatic miniatures [marked by an] elusive and allusive musical style”. Completing the recital, a selection of songs by Walton range from Tudor pastiche (Under the Greenwood Tree) to the atonal-inflected Tritons and lyrically captivating Beatriz’s Song.”
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SOMM Recordings explores one of the most significant partnerships in 20th-century British music with Façades, an album of piano-accompanied songs and music for four-hand piano by William Walton and Constant Lambert. Façades takes its title from Walton’s era-defining “entertainment”, heard here in arrangements for four-hand piano of its two orchestral Suites by Lambert – regarded by Walton as the definitive reciter of Edith Sitwell’s nonsense verses. Lambert’s Trois pièces nègres pour les touches blanches for piano duet are a kaleidoscopic, jazz-accented tour de force exploration of the piano’s white keys. Described by the composer as an “idyll”, Walton’s Siesta (also for two-player piano) is, says Ronald Woodley in his entertaining and informative booklet notes, “infused with the clear light and open charm of Italy”. The eight song settings by Lambert of poems by the eighth-century Chinese poet Li Po are “exquisitely crafted, restrained and often enigmatic miniatures [marked by an] elusive and allusive musical style”. Completing the recital, a selection of songs by Walton range from Tudor pastiche (Under the Greenwood Tree) to the atonal-inflected Tritons and lyrically captivating Beatriz’s Song. Making their SOMM debuts are tenor James Geer and his accompanist in the songs, pianist Ronald Woodley. The latter is joined at the keyboard in the four-hand piano arrangements by Andrew West whose previous SOMM recordings include three acclaimed volumes of Parry’s English Lyrics.

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