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Edith Sitwell

Walton: Facade; Bax: Coronation March; Bliss: Welcome the Queen (CD)

Returning Decca’s pioneering recording of "Façade" to the catalogue, this generous collection of English music includes further gems from the Decca catalogue of orchestral pieces by Walton and two marches, by Bax and Bliss, respectively, to mark royal occasions in connection with Queen Elizabeth II. The liner notes include one written by Dame Edith Sitwell herself for the first LP issue of Façade and the cover illustration, especially commissioned for this reissue, takes its title from one of Façade’s numbers: “Something lies beyond the scene”.

Façade – an entertainment
Edith Sitwell, Peter Pears, narrators
English Opera Group Ensemble
Anthony Collins

Scapino – a comedy overture
Portsmouth Point = an overture
Orb and Sceptre
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult

Coronation March, 1953
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Malcolm Sargent

Welcome the Queen
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir Arthur Bliss