Donald Macleod introduces works commissioned by Diaghilev - Berners's only opera and the suite from his fairytale ballet.
In spite of his ultra-establishment position as a peer of the realm, Lord Berners didn't connect at all with the old guard in the artistic world. He found he had more in common with the wildly eccentric Sitwells who, like him, were rebelling against a conventional Victorian upbringing. Berners' idiosyncratic ways didn't deter some of the greatest artistic talents of the time from a desire to work with him. Donald Macleod introduces two works commissioned by the renowned impresario Serge Diaghilev - Berners's first and only opera and the suite from his fairytale ballet.