The Spoken Word: Edith Sitwell

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1 CD with booklet | © 2008
Compact Disc $15.00 ISBN: 9780712305488 Published July 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Edith Sitwell was the queen of twentieth-century English poetry, majestically attired in performance and distinctly regal in her delivery. Drawing on previously unpublished BBC broadcasts, this CD presents a complete programme from 1948 in which she discusses her poetry in great technical detail - illustrating her talk with performed poems and extracts - and a live poetry performance recorded at the Aldeburgh Festival of 1956.
Among the poems she reads are 'Aubade', 'Dark Song', 'The Youth with the Red-Gold Hair' and 'The Canticle of the Rose'. The collection is completed with a recording of 'Still Falls the Rain', perhaps her most popular poem, taken from a 1946 disc issued with the aim of improving cultural relations with the U.S.S.R.
Historic recordings of the poet discussing and reading a selection of her works.  71 minutes.
Still Falls the Rain
Dark Song
Gold Coast Customs (excerpts)
Most Lovely Shade
The Youth with the Red-Gold Hair
Dirge for the New Sunrise
The Canticle of the Rose
and other poems
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