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

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« 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.

Here's hoping  ;D

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