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Georg Solti

Walton: Belshazzer's Feast; Choral Works; Songs (2CD)

This 2CD set reveals two sides of Walton, the composer of music for the voice.

CD 1 features the extravagant composer with multiple choirs and a huge orchestra for swaggering performances of the Coronation Te Deum and Belshazzar’s Feast, both with Sir Georg Solti conducting. CD 2, with all items released on CD for the first time, features the more intimate side of the composer, with settings of choral miniatures, from the earliest setting ("Drop, drop, slow tears" of 1917) up to the 1972 Jubilate. Simon Preston’s LP was released on Argo to mark Walton’s 70th birthday. The remainder of the items come from a L’Oiseau-Lyre LP, coupling songs by Walton and Machonchy and performed by Heather Harper. A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table was commissioned by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths for the first City of London Festival; the texts were chosen by the English dramatist and poet Christopher Hassall and the poems come mostly from 18th-century verse related to London. The collection is rounded off with Walton’s Three Songs to poems by Dame Edith Sitwell and date from 1932, all based on the composer’s Façade.

CD 1
Coronation Te Deum
Salisbury Cathedral Choir
Winchester Cathedral Choir
Chichester Cathedral Choir

Belshazzar’s Feast
Benjamin Luxon, baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
John Alldis
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti

CD 2
Jubilate Deo
Set me as a seal upon thine heart
Where does the unuttered music go?
Missa Brevis
The Twelve
A Litany ‘Drop, drop slow tears’
All this time
Make we joy in this fest
What cheer?
Choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford
Simon Preston

A Song for the Lord Mayor’s Table
Three Sitwell Songs
Heather Harper, soprano
Paul Hamburger, piano