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The Bird Actors
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 The Overture was then incorporated as the finale to Adam and Eve but withdrawn when Diaghilev changed the title to Romeo and Juliet. So in 1927 it was rescored as The Bird Actors overture, taking its title from an unpublished poem by Sacheverell Sitwell, and first performed on 6 July 1931 in a Camargo Society programme as an interlude preceding Lambert’s second ballet, Pomona.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

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67545 track 19
Recording date
20 December 2004
Recording venue
Clothworkers' Hall, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Andrew Keener
Recording engineer
Phil Rowlands
Hyperion usage
  1. Lambert: Romeo and Juliet & other works (CDA67545)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: August 2005
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