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Walton: Hamlet, As You Like It / Marriner, Gielgud, et al

Album Summary

>Walton, William : Hamlet
>Walton, William : As You Like It, poem for soprano & orchestra (after the film score, arr. by C. Palmer)
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Featuring the riveting narration from Sir John Gielgud, this selection stands up to any current competition and makes an especially memorable recording. Part of Chandos's monumental recording project to make all of Sir William's cinematic scores available on CD. This Shakespearian collection was the catalyst in bringing the film music of Sir William Walton increasingly into the concert hall.

Penguin Guide
Walton's score for Hamlet offers some 40 minutes of music, a rich and colourful suite, superbly played and recorded, and much enhanced by the contribution of Sir John Gielgud in two of Hamlet's soliloquies, 'O that this too, too solid flesh' and 'To be or not to be'.



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Works Details

>Walton, William : Hamlet :: A Shakespeare Scenario, for speaker & orchestra (arr. by C. Palmer)
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 36 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Walton, William : As You Like It, poem for soprano & orchestra (after the film score, arr. by C. Palmer)
  • Performer: Catherine Bott
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Ensemble: Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
  • Running Time: 11 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1984-1985