OP0335. TROILUS AND CRESSIDA (William Walton), Live Performance, Covent Garden, 30 Nov., 1976, w. Lawrence Foster Cond. Royal Opera House Ensemble; Janet Baker, Richard Cassilly, Gerald English, Benjamin Luxon, etc. (England) 2-EMI 65550, accompanied by elaborate Libretto-Brochure. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 724356555020
"...The failure of TROILUS AND CRESSIDA was a source of great distress to Walton. He felt that it had not been given a fair 'crack of the whip' by Covent Garden. In 1971 he decided on yet further revisions. Gillian Widdecombe suggested Janet Baker for the role and next time he was in London Walton saw Janet Baker on stage and was captivated. She agreed to perform in the opera which meant that the part of Cressida would have to be transposed down. When the score was finally ready for the 1976 revival at Covent Garden the jinx on the opera displayed itself yet again. André Previn had to withdraw and was replaced by Lawrence Foster who had to learn the score at short notice. The Troilus, Alberto Remedios, also backed out to be replaced by Richard Cassilly. Nevertheless, in spite of luke warm reviews, the tickets sold well and Walton was finally happy. EMI did issue a recording with the 1976 cast which has finally made it onto CD. Its glory is the singing of Janet Baker..."
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