Sir William Walton: A Centenary Celebration Orchestra of the Swan & Bruce O'Neil

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Label: SOMM Recordings

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Orchestra of the Swan & Bruce O'Neil

Composer: Sir William Walton (1902-1983)

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  • Sir William Walton (1902 - 1983): Façade - An Entertainment by Edith Sitwell (1887-1964):
  • 1Walton: Façade: Fanfare00:36
  • 2Walton: Façade: No. 1, Hornpipe01:19
  • 3Walton: Façade: No. 2, En famille02:52
  • 4Walton: Façade: No. 3, Mariner Man00:39
  • 5Walton: Façade: No. 4, Long Steel Grass02:13
  • 6Walton: Façade: No. 5, Through Gilded Trellises02:19
  • 7Walton: Façade: No. 6, Tango-Pasodoblé01:54
  • 8Walton: Façade: No. 7, Lullaby for Jumbo01:44
  • 9Walton: Façade: No. 8, Black Mrs. Behemoth01:05
  • 10Walton: Façade: No. 9, Tarantella01:22
  • 11Walton: Façade: No. 10, The Man from a Far Countree01:31
  • 12Walton: Façade: No. 11, By the Lake01:47
  • 13Walton: Façade: No. 12, Country Dance01:59
  • 14Walton: Façade: No. 13, Polka01:15
  • 15Walton: Façade: No. 14, Four in the Morning02:16
  • 16Walton: Façade: No. 15, Something Lies Beyond the Scene01:01
  • 17Walton: Façade: No. 16, Valse03:18
  • 18Walton: Façade: No. 17, Yodelling Song02:34
  • 19Walton: Façade: No. 18, Scotch Rhapsody01:18
  • 20Walton: Façade: No. 19, Popular Song02:01
  • 21Walton: Façade: No. 20, Fox-Trot (Old Sir Faulk)02:02
  • 22Walton: Façade: No. 21, Sir Beelzebub01:17
  • Music from Henry V - Text by William Shakespeare (1564-1616):
  • 23Walton: Prologue. Fanfare - March - O for a Muse of Fire (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra & Narrator]02:35
  • 24Walton: Slower - Suppose Within the Girdle (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra & Narrator]01:00
  • 25Walton: Brightly (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra] [1]01:06
  • 26Walton: Poco meno - March. Vivo (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra]01:27
  • 27Walton: Interlude at the Boar's Head - Scherzando. Allegretto giocoso - Falstaff, He Is Sick (From "Henry V")01:40
  • 28Walton: Falstaff Rejection - God Save Thy Grace, King Hal! (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra & Narrator]03:34
  • 29Walton: Touch Her Soft Lips and Art - Slow, Tenderly - Fanfare - Suppose That You Have Seen (From "Henry V")02:42
  • 30Walton: Harfleur (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra & Narrator]03:11
  • 31Walton: The Night Watch (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra & Narrator]06:52
  • 32Walton: Agincourt (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra & Narrator]07:57
  • 33Walton: Interlude at the French Court (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra & Narrator]01:14
  • 34Walton: Bailero. Lento tranquillo - Alas, She Hath from France (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra & Narrator]02:11
  • 35Walton: Andante pastorale - You Have Witchcraft in Your Lips, Kate (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra & Narrator]02:32
  • 36Walton: Maestoso festoso - March. Vivo (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra]01:46
  • 37Walton: Epilogue (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra & Narrator]00:56
  • 38Walton: Brightly (From "Henry V") [Arr. E. Watson for Orchestra] [2]01:36
  • Total Runtime01:20:41

Info for Sir William Walton: A Centenary Celebration

SOMM Recordings’ Sir William Walton – A Centenary Celebration marks the 100th anniversary of the first performance of Edith Sitwell’s era-defining “entertainment” Façade, coupled with its composer’s thrilling score for Laurence Olivier’s iconic 1944 film version of Shakespeare’s Henry V, on the 600th anniversary of the medieval warrior-king’s death.

Baritone and SOMM artist Roderick Williams pairs with mezzo-soprano Tamsin Dalley for a joyful partnership in Façade, while star of television’s Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, Inspector Morse and Lewis, Kevin Whately is the bracing Narrator for Henry V.

The Stratford-based Orchestra of The Swan is conducted by the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Head of Music, Bruce O’Neil.

First performed in private for a select audience of London’s glitterati in January 1922, Walton adorned Sitwell’s “experiments in sound” Façade with music of originality and vitality to match the absurdist-leaning poetry.

Within a generation, the exhilarating distractions of the Jazz Era had given way to the bleak horror of the Second World War. With Britain at its lowest ebb, Laurence Olivier’s morale-boosting 1944 film version of Henry V was enhanced by one of Walton’s finest, most colourful, dramatic and emotion-laden scores. It is thrillingly realised here in Edward Watson’s chamber version for 11 players. Arranging the work for this relatively small ensemble, Watson creates a remarkable sound brimming with cinematic impact that has been much admired for its blending of the concert platform and theatrical stage.

SOMM’s previous Walton releases include his widely admired Symphony No.1 and Belshazzar’s Feast with Adrian Boult conducting the LPO (SOMMCD 094), and the pairing of Walton with his lifelong friend Constant Lambert, Façades (SOMMCD 0614), hailed by The Telegraph as “an album that brings the Roaring Twenties to life”, and MusicWeb International as “an absolute gem of a disc in every regard”.

Roderick Williams, baritone
Tamsin Dalley, mezzo-soprano
Kevin Whately, narrator
Orchestra of the Swan
Bruce O’Neil, conductor

Roderick Williams
is one of this country’s most sought after baritones and is constantly in demand on the concert platform and in recital, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premieres. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the year award.

Opera engagements have included for Royal Opera House Covent Garden Schaunard/La bohème and Ned Keene/Peter Grimes; for English National Opera Papageno/Die Zauberflöte, Pollux in Rameau’s Castor and Pollux, and Jaufre Rudel in Saariaho’s L’amour de loin ,as well as world premieres of From Morning to Midnight by David Sawer and A Better Place by Martin Butler. For Opera North his roles have included the title role of Don Giovanni, The Count/Le nozze di Figaro, Guglielmo/Cosi fan tutte, Figaro/Il barbiere di Siviglia, Ned Keene and Goryanchikov/From the House of the Dead. For Scottish Opera roles have included Marcello/La bohème, Lord Byron in the world premiere of Sally Beamish’s Monster and Count/ Figaro. Other notable world premieres have included Alexander Knaifel’s Alice in Wonderland and Michel van der Aa’s After Life for Netherlands Opera, as well as the title role in Robert Saxton’s The Wandering Jew with the BBC Symphony , which has been released on NMC to considerable critical acclaim. He made his North American opera debut singing Figaro/Il barbiere di Siviglia for Florida Grand Opera.

Among Roderick Williams’ many performances of opera in concert are recent appearances with the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Tippett’s The Knot Garden (Barbican) and Birtwistle’s The Second Mrs Kong (Royal Festival Hall) and with the London Symphony Orchestra and Daniel Harding Billy Budd. He has also sung the role of Eddie in Mark-Anthony Turnage’s Greek for the BBC. He has taken major roles in conductor Richard Hickox’s semi-staged performances of opera, including Britten’s Gloriana (Aldeburgh, 2003), Walton’s Troilus and Cressida and most of the Vaughan Williams operas. Other concert performances include Henze, Strauss, Stravinsky and Wagner (Donner in Das Rheingold for ENO).

Roderick Williams has sung concert repertoire with all the BBC orchestras, and many other ensembles including the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Russian National Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, The Sixteen, Le Concert Spirituel, and Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Recent successes include Britten’s War Requiem and Pilgrim in Vaughan Williams’s The Pilgrim’s Progress (semi-staged) with the Philharmonia, Jesus in The Last Supper by Birtwistle with the London Sinfonietta in Milan and Turin, Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius in Toulouse, a European tour of Handel’s Messiah with RIAS Kammerchor, Tippett’s The Vision of St Augustine with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales at the 2005 BBC Proms, Henze’s Elegy for Young Lovers with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, the world premiere of Birtwistle’s The Ring Dance of the Nazarene with VARA Radio (repeated at the BBC Proms), performances of Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen at La Scala, concerts with the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and a concert with Bach Collegium Japan at the Edinburgh Festival.

Recent and future operatic engagements include Oronte in Charpentier’s Medée, Toby Kramer in Van der Aa’s Sunken Garden and Sharpless / Madam Butterfly for English National Opera, the title role in Eugene Onegin for Garsington Opera, the title role in Billy Budd for Opera North, Van der Aa’s After Life at Melbourne State Theatre and at Opera de Lyon, Captain Balstrode / Peter Grimes in a concert performance with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Papageno and Ulisse / Il ritorno di Ulisse in Patria for the Royal Opera House, Toby Kramer for Dallas Opera, a concert performance of Ned Keene/Peter Grimes with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome and Christus / St John Passion in staged performances with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment both under Sir Simon Rattle.

Recent and future concert engagements include performances with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Symphony, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Hallé, Britten Sinfonia, City of London Sinfonia, King’s College Cambridge, Goldsmiths Choral Union, Ex Cathedra, The Sixteen, The King’s Consort, New London Consort, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Le Concert Spirituel, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, Berlin Philharmonic, Rias Kammerchor, Orquesta Sinfonica de Euskadi, Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Iceland Symphony, Danish National Radio Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, Utah Symphony, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Music of the Baroque Chicago, Bach Collegium Japan, Cappella Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic, Britten War Requiem with the Maggio Musicale and Semyon Bychkov in Florence, the UK premiere of Sally Beamish’s Judas Passion with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as well as with Philharmonia Baroque. In 2014 Roderick was the featured soloist at the BBC Last Night of the Proms.

He is an accomplished and highly sought after recital artist who can be heard at venues and festivals including Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, LSO St Luke’s, the Perth Concert Hall, the Concertgebouw, Oxford Lieder Festival, London Song Festival, Howard Assembly Room, the Musikverein, Vienna and on Radio 3, where he has participated on Iain Burnside’s Voices programme. Recent recitals include the three Schubert cycles at the Wigmore Hall, recitals for the BBC and appearances at the Ludlow Song Festival, Oxford Lieder Festival, Three Choirs Festival and at the Bath International Music Festival.

His numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and Britten operas for Chandos, and an extensive repertoire of English song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos. He is currently in the process of recording the three Schubert Cycles for Chandos as well as recordings of Stanford and Somervell for Somm.

He is also a composer and has had works premiered at the Wigmore and Barbican Halls, the Purcell Room and live on national radio. Recent commissions include a major work, World without End, for the Rias Kammerchor and BBC Singers as well as a commission to celebrate the centenary of the RAF. He was Artistic Director of Leeds Lieder + in April 2016 and he is currently ‘singer-in-residence’ for Music in the Round in Sheffield, presenting concerts and leading on dynamic and innovative learning and participation projects that introduce amateur singers, young and old, to performing classical song repertoire. He was awarded an OBE for services to music in June 2017.

Orchestra of the Swan
Formed in 1995, Orchestra of the Swan is a British chamber orchestra which, under the artistic direction of David Le Page, is passionate about audience inclusivity and blurring the lines between genres, through its adventurous and accessible programming. Presenting over 45 concerts a year, both live and digital with a catalogue of over 20 recordings, The Swan is passionate about new music and has premiered more than 70 new works by composers including Joe Cutler, Tansy Davies, Joe Duddell, Alexander Goehr, Roxanna Panufnik, Joseph Phibbs, Dobrinka Tabakova, Errollyn Wallen, Huw Watkins, John Woolrich and many others.

The Swan has been enormously successful in making a positive and effective contribution to the communities at the heart of its ‘immersive residencies’ in Herefordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham with an ambitious programme of work in care homes, schools and rural areas growing year by year. Based at the Stratford Play House, in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Swan is proof that an orchestra really can be an indispensable and relevant part of the community with its aim to entertain, educate and engage in a way that truly makes it a living orchestra.

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