Follies & Facades - Edith Sitwell / William Walton / Lord Berners

Follies & Facades
Released 20/10/08. Edith Sitwell and Lord Berners did more than most to dispel the nationalistic insularity that dominated so much English literature and music in the decade that followed the First World War. The work that brought the Sitwells their greatest fame - and notoriety - was Façade, an entertainment that combined Edith’s idiosyncratic verse with the music of the young William Walton. With Cocteau’s Parade the obvious precedent, the family delighted in creating “a first-class scandal in literature and music”. Here, the 1929 premiere recording with Constant Lambert appears alongside that made in 1954 with Peter Pears; by all accounts, the only performances of which Edith really approved. “Façade” owed its existence to the support and encouragement of, among others, Lord Berners. Considered by Stravinsky to be the most gifted composer of his generation, Berners was famously eccentric (A fine biography ‘Lord Berners-The Last Eccentric’ by Mark Amory was recently published), a diplomat, an accomplished writer, painter, composer and missionary of the arts. As with the Sitwell’s, his idealism, openness to new ideas and willingness to embrace humour made for a peculiarly British avant-garde. The Berners piece featured in this edition is one of his most widely regarded; the suite from the ballet The Triumph of Neptune which was commissioned by Serge Diagilev in 1926.
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Façade - An Entertainment: 1954 Recording Edith Sitwell and Peter Pears- Fanfare – Hornpipe / En Famille / Mariner Man / Long Steel Grass / Through Gilded Trellises / Tango-Pasadoble / Lullaby for Jumbo / Black Mrs Behemoth / Tarantella / A Man from a Far Countree / By the Lake / Country Dance / Polka / Four in the Morning / Something Lies Beyond the Scene / Valse / Jodelling Song / Scotch Rhapsody / Popular Song / Fox-Trot / Sir Beelzebub FAÇADE - 1929 Recording: Edith Sitwell and Constant Lambert - Black Mrs Behemoth / Jodelling Song / Scotch Rhapsody / Polka / Fox-Trot / Tango / Long Steel Grass / A Man from a Far Countree / Tarantella / Valse / Popular Song LORD BERNERS The Triumph of Neptune - Suite from the Ballet- Harlequinade / Dance of the Fairy Princess / Schottische / Cloudland / Sunday Morning (Intermezzo) / The Sailor's Return (Polka) / Hornpipe / The Frozen Forest / Apotheosis of Neptune
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