Orchestra of the Swan – Facade
Britten Red Cockatoo
Conductor – Bruce O’Neil
Reciters – Tamsin Dalley & Roderick Williams
William Walton was only 19 when he composed Façade, jazzy settings of surreal poetry by Edith Sitwell. Narrated through a megaphone from behind a painted curtain its premiere 100 years ago caused a furore. Today it is appreciated as one of the most delicious works in the English music catalogue.