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BBC Proms 2014 Chamber Music 8

Walton – Façade

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Part of BBC Proms 2014

Repertoire

Shostakovich
Four Waltzes (arr. L. Atovmyan)
Walton
Façade

Performers

Ian Bostridge
reciter
Dame Felicity Palmer
reciter
Nash Ensemble
John Wilson
conductor

This year’s focus on William Walton wouldn’t be complete without his witty, genre-bending ‘entertainment’ Façade. Walton’s first big success, the work sets poems by his friend and patron Edith Sitwell to create a sequence of colourful, whimsical and piquant numbers for chamber ensemble and reciters.

The whimsical side of Shostakovich is also represented, in his Four Waltzes. Arranged from the composer’s earlier film scores, they range from the good-humoured ‘Spring Waltz’, the faux naïf ‘Waltz-Scherzo’ and the charmingly kitsch ‘Barrel Organ Waltz’.

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Concert Duration:
approx. 1 hour
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