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Walton: Façade 1 & 2 (complete) CD

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  • Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: William Walton
  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000AL7
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,669 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Facade 1: FanfareSusana Walton0:34£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Facade 1: I. HornpipeSusana Walton 1:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Facade 1: II. En FamilleSusana Walton 3:10£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Facade 1: III. Mariner ManSusana Walton0:36£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Facade 1: IV. Long Steel GrassSusana Walton 2:23£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Facade 1: V. Through Gilded TrellisesSusana Walton 2:38£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Facade 1: VI. Tango-PasadobleSusana Walton 1:57£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Facade 1: VII. Lullaby for JumboSusana Walton 1:55£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Facade 1: VIII. Black Mrs BehemothSusana Walton 1:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Facade 1: IX. TarantellaSusana Walton 1:23£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Facade 1: X. A Man from a Far CountreeSusana Walton 1:38£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Facade 1: XI. By the LakeSusana Walton 2:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Facade 1: XII. Country DanceSusana Walton 1:59£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Facade 1: XIII. PolkaSusana Walton 1:19£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Facade 1: XIV. Four in the MorningSusana Walton 2:18£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Facade 1: XV. Something Lies Beyond the SceneSusana Walton 1:02£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Facade 1: XVI. ValseSusana Walton 3:37£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Facade 1: XVII. Jodelling SongSusana Walton 2:29£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Facade 1: XVIII. Scotch RhapsodySusana Walton 1:17£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Facade 1: XIX. Popular SongSusana Walton 2:08£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Facade 1: XX. Fox-Trot Old Sir FaulkSusana Walton 2:01£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Facade 1: XXI. Sir BeelzebubSusana Walton 1:04£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Facade 2: FlourishSusana Walton0:10£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Facade 2: I. Came the Great PopinjaySusana Walton 1:10£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Facade 2: II. AubadeSusana Walton 4:00£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Facade 2: III. MarchSusana Walton0:54£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Facade 2: IV. Madam Mouse TrotsSusana Walton0:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen28. Facade 2: V. The OctogenarianSusana Walton 1:15£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen29. Facade 2: VI. Gardener Janus Catches a NaiadSusana Walton0:56£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen30. Facade 2: VII. Water PartySusana Walton 1:17£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen31. Facade 2: VIII. Said King PompeySusana Walton0:40£0.59  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Susana Walton & Richard Baker, narrateurs - The City of London Sinfonia - Richard Hickox, direction

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By L. Hunt on 18 Dec 2008
Format: Audio CD
`Drivel they paid to hear' was how one newspaper reviewed Façade when it received its first public performance in 1923! This mainly referred to Edith Sitwell's poetry - it is often referred to nonsensical, but she was actually aiming for abstract patterns in words (reflecting art of the time). Sounds complicated? Well, yes, it is best not to over analyze the poems, but there are some fantastic images:

The hard and braying light
Is zebra'd black and white (from the Long Steel Grass)

Sir Beelzebub called for his syllabub in the hotel in Hell
Where Prosperine first fell (Sir Beelzebub)

Originally, these words were spoken through a megaphone while orchestra played Walton's luscious music. In this recording, it is spoken by the once-well-known BBC announcer Richard Baker and William Walton's wife: Susanna. Richard is clear and quick, while Susanna is beguiling despite her definite Argentinean accent.

The music Walton composed is lively, deep and quirky; and is often played without words. To sever words from music, though, is a mistake. They are perfect partners and enhance each other.

The result is, as you would probably expect, eccentric! But it's none the worse for it. If you like Edward Lear, The Two Ronnies and Vaughan Williams, you're in for a treat!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Henry John Wellwood Pidoux on 5 April 2014
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Susana Walton is understandably vibrant and wonderful in this performance of what is essentially Posh Rap. She understands her husband's music and the humour intended by Sitwell's dreamworld verse. Richard Baker was a splendid chap but a sad disappointment as choice for this version. He is terminally English in his approach, so reaches gamely for the exotic and the weird but not far enough to be convincing. Simon Rattle does it so much better with the Berlin Phil, if one has to choose. I do wish that the powers that be at the time had more of the courage of their convictions and chosen someone for the male voice who have understood something of Sitwell's oblique, subversive humour: Peter Ustinov? Christopher Lee? Too late now. Otherwise a scintillating performance, not least by the London Sinfonia.
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