Lord Berners [cotw]

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01Berners The Humorist2008091520141201

Donald Macleod concentrates on a work for puppet theatre and an essay in Spanish colour.

Gerald Tyrwhitt-Wilson, the 14th Lord Berners, was a painter, novelist, writer of poetry and nonsense verse, and a composer of brilliant and whimsical music. He was famous for his wit and and outlandish behaviour. His eccentricities marked him out as a very English Englishman, but his music was a different matter entirely. Unlike many of his contemporaries on the British musical scene, he developed a distinctly European slant to his compositions, and came to be regarded as one of the truly original composers of the early 20th century.

Donald Macleod explores Berners’s colourful life and music, starting with a work for puppet theatre, an exuberant essay in Spanish colour and a trio of waltzes which contain a passage Stravinsky described as “one of the most impudent in modern music”

Du bist wie eine blume from Three Songs in the German Manner

Felicity Lott (soprano)

Peter Lawson (piano)

ALBANY TROY 290 T1-3

Le Poisson d’Or

Len Vorster (piano)

MARCO POLO 8.225159 T5

Three Pieces for Orchestra

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth, conductor

CAMPION CAMEO 2054

L’uomo dai baffi

English Northern Philharmonia

David Lloyd-Jones, conductor

MARCO POLO 8.223711

T20-26

Valses Bourgeoises

Peter Lawson and Alan MacLean (piano)

ALBANY TROY 142 T1-3

Fantaisie Espagnole