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Track(s) taken from CDH55135

Palm Court Waltz, Op 81 No 2

originally for orchestra, arranged for piano duet by the composer

The Nash Ensemble
Recording details: June 1983
Rosslyn Hill Unitarian Chapel, Hampstead, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Antony Howell
Release date: May 2003
Total duration: 3 minutes 27 seconds


'ideal for those who want to push out the boundaries of their understanding of the 20th century British musical renaissance' (The Mail on Sunday)

'As nippy and neat as you’d expect from the Nash Players' (The Scotsman)

'a superb performance … This is a disc that will yield many pleasures' (MusicWeb International)
The Palm Court Waltz was originally an orchestral piece written for an entertainment put on at the Coliseum in London by Richard Buckle some years ago. The arrangement for piano duet was commissioned from me by Mr Burnet Pavitt.

The Waltz is not exactly a parody, though rhythms and melodies very close to the Viennese model will be recognised. I have tried to incorporate these into my own musical idiom, rather in the manner of Ravel, but not, I feel, nearly so well!

from notes by Sir Lennox Berkeley © 1983

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