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Berners the Socialite

Duration:
1 hour
First broadcast:
Friday 19 September 2008

Berners spent his life mixing with some of the most conspicuous names in the artistic world. Throughout his career he had fruitful collaborations with such luminaries as Serge Diaghilev, George Balanchine, Gertrude Stein, Sacheverell Sitwell and Constant Lambert. Donald Macleod introduces Berners’ fifth ballet, which was to be his final association with Frederick Ashton and Cecil Beaton, and the suite from his very last work – the score for the 1947 film of Charles Dickens’ novel Nicholas Nickleby.

Come on, Algernon
Mary Carewe (soprano)
BBC Concert Orchestra
Rumon Gamba, conductor
CHANDOS
CHAN 104590
T16

Les Sirènes
RTE Sinfonietta
David Lloyd-Jones, conductor
MARCO POLO 8.223780
T1-10

Nicholas Nickleby Suite
BBC Concert Orchestra
Rumon Gamba, conductor
CHANDOS
CHAN10459
T18

The Sailor’s Return (from The Triumph of Neptune)
Robert Grooters (baritone)
Philadelphia Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham, conductor
SONY CLASSICAL SMK46683

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