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A definitive disc of music by the British Erik Satie.

The Right Honourable Sir Gerald Hugh Tyrwhitt-Wilson, 14th Baron Berners in the peerage of England, and a baronet, was born on September 18, 1883 at Apley Park, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Educated at Eton, and later in Dresden, Vienna, France and Italy, mainly in pursuit of knowledge of languages to equip him for the diplomatic service, he succeeded his uncle in 1918, assuming the additional name of Wilson by Royal Charter a year later. He served as honorary attaché in Constantinople and later in Rome, but on his elevation relinquished theses posts, returning to England and his inheritance, several country estates, and lived the rest of his life, ostensibly, as a country gentleman. This, however, was only on the surface. He was a man whose music drew the highest praise from Stravinsky, and whose no inconsiderable literary and painting skills were to make him "the versatile peer" in the national press, but it was as a composer that he wished to be remembered. Berners' musical output was small by most standards and the case if often made that if he had had to earn a living from the arts he would have produced more. This is debatable. Less in doubt is that his art was well appreciated among his fellow artists - and aristocrats. Osbert Sitwell summed it up by writing that "...in the years between the wars he did more to civilize the wealthy than anyone in England. Through London's darkest drawing-rooms, as well as lightest, he moved ... a sort of missionary of arts."
Contents:
Lord Berners, composer
Lieder Album
Felicity Lott, soprano, Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Le Poisson D'Or
Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Dispute entre Le Papillon et le Crapaud
Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Trois Chansons
Felicity Lott, soprano, Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Trois Petites Marches Funebres
Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Three English Songs
Felicity Lott, soprano, Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Fragments Psychologiques
Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Three Songs
Roderick Kennedy, bass, Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Portsmouth Point
Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Dialogue between Tom Filuter and his man by Ned the Dog Stealer
Roderick Kennedy, bass, Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Chorale prelude on In Dulci Jubilo
Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Polka
Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Valse
Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Red Roses and Red Noses
Felicity Lott, soprano, Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
The Expulsion from Paradise
Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
March
Peter Lawson, piano

Lord Berners, composer
Come on Algernon
Felicity Lott, soprano, Peter Lawson, piano

Review:
"...Can we say he was a British Satie? That might be pretty close. Albany has given us all the vocal music in the Chester publication which was heard on Unicorn plus all of the solo piano music....Felicity Lott sings all of her numbers...with great panache...Peter Lawson handles the piano accompaniments with aplomb and does a great job in his solo numbers....Don't miss this CD. It's a delight in every way." (The Delian)
 
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