Synopses & Reviews
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 Drawing on previously unpublished BBC broadcasts, this CD presents a complete programme from 1948 in which she discusses her poetry in great technical detail - illustrating her talk with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.
Table of Contents
Historic recordings of the poet discussing and reading a selection of her works. 71 minutes. Still Falls the RainAubadeDark SongGold Coast Customs (excerpts)Most Lovely ShadeThe Youth with the Red-Gold HairDirge for the New SunriseThe Canticle of the Rose and other poems