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Walton's musical score to Henry V to be performed in London


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« on: September 28, 2019, 07:38:50 am »


Dominic Sewell's reconstruction of Walton's score for Olivier's 1944 film Henry V is to be performed with a live screening of the film at the Royal Festival Hall in November.  The conductor is Frank Strobel.  See: See: https://www.philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/2494

I hope this bodes well for a CD release of the entire score. 

From Dominic Sewells Facebook page:

A lovely opportunity to hear Walton's original music in context with Olivier's film. It was a reconstruction job I was tasked with in 2007, and spent many sleepless nights aurally transcribing it and proofreading against any published or holograph score fragments (some of which we had to track down from California to Rome!)

See: https://www.facebook.com/pg/DominicSewellMusic/posts/
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« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2019, 01:10:53 pm »

I wonder if this is in connection with the film about Henry V that will be released on October 11?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_(2019_film)
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« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2019, 03:51:54 pm »


I wonder if this is in connection with the film about Henry V that will be released on October 11?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King_(2019_film)

I don't know but I suspect not.  There have been several performances of Walton's reconstructed score in the last few years.  There has been at least two in Germany.
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« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2019, 02:06:45 am »

thanks for this update
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« Reply #4 on: October 07, 2019, 06:33:35 pm »

I noticed this and hope to get there if I can.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2021, 02:15:34 am »


I read, I think over a year ago, that Chandos planned to record a Walton piece.  Perhaps it is wishful thinking on my part, but I interpreted this as something new.

Could it possibly be, assuming it comes to pass, the first recording of Walton's complete score to Henry V in Dominic Sewell's reconstruction?  The original manuscript is lost and, I have read, Walton gave extracts of it away.

Chandos have been great advocates for Walton's music.  It amazes me that, given the reconstructed score exists, it has never been recorded.  I am assuming Dominic Sewell has not prohibited a recording of the score which was reconstructed, as I understand it, to accompany live performances of Olivier's 1944 film.

I really hope this score gets a proper recording.  Albeit that it includes music that is not Walton's, including the Agincourt Carol (suggested to Walton by Vaughan Williams, who made a setting of it, and as subsequently set by Dyson) and music from Canteloube's Songs from the Auvergne, it is a splendid score.  Walton's setting of the Agincourt Carol is certainly the most stirring in my opinion.

It is a pity that Dominic Sewell's prodigious efforts in reconstructing the score from what currently exists and the rest from listening to the film, cannot presently be appreciated by a larger audience than those who can attend the few live performances there have been.

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2021, 01:12:49 pm »

Walton's Henry V is a stunning achievement: the suite alone ensures its immortality. It would be great to have more of it! Stanford also wrote A Song of Agincourt (1919) which is well worth investigating either in the broadcast (BIMA) or in the Hyperion recording...

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