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CHAN 10437

Walton: Music from the Olivier Films

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2007

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2006


Academy of St Martin in the Fields

Sir Neville Marriner

Ian Watson


Celia Nicklin


Ian Watson


Christopher Plummer


Choristers of Westminster Cathedral

Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chorus


St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London


Brian Couzens


Ralph Couzens

Peter Newble


Record Label
Chandos Classics




Total Time - 66:46
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Henry V: A Shakespeare Scenario

  Arranged by Chrisopher Palmer  
 Ian Watson organ
1 I Prologue 9:20
2 II Interlude: At the Boar's Head 4:29
3 III Embarkation 3:29
4 IV Interlude: 'Touch her Soft Lips and Part' 2:13
5 V i. Harfleur - 3:48
6 ii. The Night Watch - 5:21
7 'Upon the King' 3:46
8 VI Agincourt 15:15
9 VII Interlude: At the French Court 5:16
10 VIII Epilogue 7:52
  Appendix 1  


(c. 1563-1640)

Rosa Solis

  from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book  



Watkin's Ale

  from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book  
 Ian Watson harpsichord
  Appendix 2  



Obal, diniou Limouzi

  (Là-bas dans le Limousin) from Chants d'Auvergne  
 Celia Nicklin oboe
 Ian Watson harpsichord
A stellar performance of this comprehensive representation of Walton’s great film score, including noted Shakespearean actor Christopher Plummer who imparts presence and authority as speaker
Available for the first time at Classics price, in brand new packaging
Chandos’ recordings of Walton’s landmark scores for Olivier’s Shakespeare films are re-issued at Classics price.
24-bit digitally remastered

Olivier directed nad starred in Henry V, which begins as a recreation of stage production at the Globe Theatre then gradually turns into a stylized cinematic rendition of the play with sets reminiscent of the medieval Book of Hours. The film was made near the end of World War II and was intended as a morale booster for Great Britain, consequently the film was partly sponsored by the British government. The film won Olivier a number of Academy Awards and it also won William Walton an award for Best Score. The score was praised by music critics both as film music and as a concert suite in its own right. When the film was released in 1944 many music critics published detailed reviews of the score and extracts of it were presented at the Prom concerts in 1945.

This recording was made with Sir Neville Marriner conducting the Academy of St Martins in the Field. It was fortunate for Chandos that Sir Neville happened to know Christopher Plummer and suggested he might be persuaded to perform as speaker. The recording was a happy occasion and indeed Chandos chairman Brian Couzens still has a photograph in his study taken from these sessions, which shows Brian with Sir Neville and Christopher Plummer. On the recording’s original release the Sunday Telegraph wrote that ‘Chandos has performed a real service by recording [Walton’s] complete score for Olivier’s famous 1944 film of Henry V… the music represents one of the finest scores ever composed for the cinema and deserves to be preserved in this form’.

This remastered recording makes for a distinguished tribute to the composer.

"... Sir Neville Marriner caps even his previous recordings in this series, with the Academy and Westminster Choir producing heart-felt playing and singing in sumptuous sound. Christopher Plummer makes an excellent substitue for Olivier, unselfconsciously adopting a comparably grans style."

The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12

Superbly arranged by Christopher Palmer, this marvellous recording presents Walton’s stunning music in all its power and glory.
Film Review

Quote at the original release:
Chandos’s stunning sound captures with unflinching ease the rousing spectacle of the battle music at full tilt. In all, another winner of a CD in what’s turning out to be a most distinguished series.
Hi-Fi News

Most of this music was adapted into concert form by Christopher Palmer, who included much more than the familiar short suites and excerpts. Marriner’s direction is flawless, and the sonics are still impressive.
American Record Guide

Most of this music was adapted into concert form by Christopher Palmer, who included much more than the familiar short suites and excerpts. Marriner’s direction is flawless, and the sonics are still impressive.
American Record Guide

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