Gerhard: The Plague; Walton: Façade; Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale


Gerhard: The Plague; Walton: Façade; Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale
Antal Dorati; William Walton
Label
Decca/Eloquence
Catalogue No.
484220
Barcode
4842200
Format
2-CD
Video
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ROBERTO GERHARD (1896–1970)
The Plague
Alec McCowen, narrator
National Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Washington D.C.
Antal Doráti

SIR WILLIAM WALTON (1902–1983)
Façade
Dame Peggy Ashcroft, Paul Scofield, reciters
London Sinfonietta
Sir William Walton

IGOR STRAVINSKY (1882–1971)
The Soldier’s Tale
Glenda Jackson, narrator
Rudolf Nureyev, soldier
Micheál Mac Liammóir, The Devil
Instrumental Ensemble directed by Gennady Zalkowitsch

FIRST CD RELEASES ON DECCA

Recording information

Recording Producers: James Mallinson (Gerhard); Michael Bremner (Walton); Christopher Raeburn (Stravinsky: music), Harley Usill (Stravinsky: narration)
Balance Engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson, Colin Moorfoot, Michael Mailes (Gerhard); Stanley Goodall (Walton); Iain Churches (Stravinsky: music), Kevin Daly (Stravinsky: narration)
Recording Locations: Constitution Hall, Washington D.C., USA, 11 May 1973 (Gerhard); Abbey Road Studio 1, London, UK, 5–7 May 1969 (Walton: music), Air Studios, London, UK, 9, 10, 16–18 & 21 February 1972 (Walton: recitation); Decca Studios, Tollington Park, London, UK, 5 September 1975 (Stravinsky: music), Argo Studios, London, UK, September 1975 (Stravinsky: narration)
Original Releases: Decca ‘Headline’: HEAD 6 (Gerhard): November 1974; Argo ZRG 649 (Walton): May 1972; Argo ZNF 15 (Stravinsky): June 1977

Reviews

“Doráti’s sympathy and authority are everywhere to be noted. No one plays Gerhard’s larger scores better than he … It deserves to arouse a lot of interest.” Gramophone, December 1974

“One of a series of first-rate recordings of large-scale new music that Decca recorded with Doráti and his Washingtonians … absolutely compelling … Enthusiastically recommended.” Fanfare, November 2006 (Gerhard)

“The Argo ensemble plays with greater bite [than the Boston recording on DG] and no less precision … Erich Gruenberg a seductively saturnine fiddler.” Gramophone, July 1977 (Stravinsky)

“Micheál Mac Liammóir as a marvellous crawling toad of a Devil and Nureyev in there somewhere, high accented, beset by his colleagues and seeming quite the ingenu.” The Times, July 1977 (Stravinsky)

“Peggy Ashcroft is aptly characterful … The composer keeps the music going as a subtle, quiet commentary in the background, and the effect is unique. The stereo is both atmospheric and immediate, and you can hear every word.” Penguin Guide (Walton)