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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDA67545
Recording details: December 2004
Clothworkers' Hall, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Phil Rowlands
Release date: August 2005
Total duration: 3 minutes 18 seconds

The Bird Actors
composer
Overture, 1925, revised 1927

The Bird Actors  [3'18]

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The overture The Bird Actors began simply as an overture for piano duet, written in 1925 and dedicated ‘To G M Gordon Brown’; this was his fellow-student Gavin Gordon, best known for his ballet The Rake’s Progress that Lambert was to introduce with the Vic-Wells Company. The Overture was then incorporated as the finale to Adam and Eve but withdrawn when Diaghilev changed the title to Romeo and Juliet. So in 1927 it was rescored as The Bird Actors overture, taking its title from an unpublished poem by Sacheverell Sitwell, and first performed on 6 July 1931 in a Camargo Society programme as an interlude preceding Lambert’s second ballet, Pomona.

from notes by Stephen Lloyd © 2005

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