Walton: Facade Carole Boyd, Zeb Soanes, John Wilson
plus BBC Home Service interview with Dame Edith Sitwell (from 1955)
” …. alliance with the customarily attentive John Wilson and his razor-sharp seven-piece ensemble is infectiously enjoyable. Sitwell’s modernist verse is delivered with collaborative flair, impeccable enunciation an considerable strength of personality.” Gramophone
“Walton’s settings of Edith Sitwell’s poems embody the Roaring Twenties, when the composer was not yet into his own. Walton’s high-jinks music and format a parody of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire still sound fresh Carole Boyd, actor, and Zeb Soanes, newscaster, find a variety of voices to entertain the listener, and Wilson is an expert, committed Waltonian.” The Sunday Times
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Carole Boyd has performed for over 35 years in theatre, television and radio, and is well known as Lynda Snell in BBC Radio 4’s The Archers. Zeb Soanes is a familiar voice on BBC Radio 4, and has presented The BBC Proms live on BBC Four in addition to films for The Culture Show, Newsnight and Songs of Praise.
The CD includes a rarely-heard BBC Home Service interview with Dame Edith Sitwell.