Walker, Sarah


Sarah Walker is an artist of international standing both on the opera stage and on the concert platform world-wide. Having initially studied violin at the Royal College of Music, London, she subsequently began taking vocal lessons with the celebrated Hungarian teacher, Madame Vera Rozsa, with whom she built an extraordinarily wide repertoire ranging from Bach and the Baroque to twentieth century composers, such as Berio, Boulez, Cage, Henze, Ligeti, Copland and Ives, and is now commissioning new works from exciting, young, twenty-first century composers.

Since her debut at Glyndebourne she has sung in opera houses all over the world including The Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York, the Vienna Staatsoper, Le Châtelet in Paris, and many others. Among more than sixty roles in her repertoire are Didon, Maria Stuarda, Fricka, Klytämnestra, Dorabella, Donna Elvira, Katisha, Mistress Quickly, numerous Handel and Monteverdi heroines and the title role in Britten’s Gloriana.

Sarah Walker has perhaps achieved her greatest critical acclaim on the recital platform for her interpretation of the Lied, Mélodie and Song repertoire. The overwhelming success of her Wigmore Hall debut established her as a recitalist of supreme excellence and this is reflected in more than fifty recordings reflecting her wide repertoire and artistry. She was made a C.B.E in the 1991 Queen's Birthday Honours.

BBC Symphony Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

The BBC Symphony Orchestra has played a central role at the heart of British musical life since its inception in 1930, and as the flagship orchestra of the BBC provides the backbone of the BBC Proms with at least a dozen concerts each year, including the First and Last Nights. Strongly committed to twentieth-century and contemporary music, it has given the premiere of more than 1,000 works by composers such as Bartók, Britten, Hindemith, Holst, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and more recently has premiered BBC commissions by Simon Bainbridge, Jonathan Dove, Michael Nyman and Sir John Tavener among others. Its annual season of concerts as Associate Orchestra of the Barbican includes a weekend each January focusing upon a single composer from the twentieth or twenty-first century, most recently James MacMillan, Elliott Carter and Sofia Gubaidulina.

Jiří Bĕlohlávek took up the post of Chief Conductor in July 2006 and David Robertson was appointed Principal Guest Conductor in 2005. The BBC SO works frequently with Conductor Laureate Sir Andrew Davis and Artist-in-Association John Adams. All concerts are broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and a number are televised, giving the BBC Symphony Orchestra the highest broadcast profile of any orchestra in the UK. The BBC SO is committed to innovative education work, with ongoing projects including the BBC SO Family Orchestra and Music Intro, introducing families to concert-going.

The BBC SO has appeared on 34 of NMC’s CDs, including the best-selling recording of Elgar’s Third Symphony.

Elder, Sir Mark

Sir Mark

Sir Mark Elder is Music Director of the Hallé Orchestra, and one of Britain's most successful conductors. He works regularly with the world's leading symphony orchestras, and enjoys particularly close associations with the London Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  He has been principal guest conductor for the CBSO, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the London Mozart Players. Mark Elder has for many years conducted at the BBC Proms, and has twice let the internationally televised Last Night.  His other television works include films on the lives of Verdi and Donizetti.

As Music Director of the English National Opera, he led the company on successful tours of the USA and Russia, attracting international acclaim.  He appears regularly in all the major opera houses of the world, including the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, the Metropolitan Opera New York, and the Bayerische Staatsoper Munich.

In 2003 the Hallé launched it's own recording label, and the first releases, under Mark Elder's direction, have met with great critical acclaim.  He has won an Olivier award for his work at ENO, and was the Royal Philharmonic Society's Conductor of the Year in 2006.

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Buller's dramatic score Proença sets the lyrics of Troubadour songs for orchestra and two soloists: mezzo-soprano and electric guitar; while The Theatre of Memory takes its inspiration from ancient Greek drama.

Originally released on Unicorn-Kanchana in 1985.


'Buller combines ferocious, sonorous immediacy with complex intellectual subtexts... there is a psychedelic glitter to the score of Proença.'  The Sunday Times


The Ancora Series is supported by Arts Council England


Recording date: 5 November 1979 (Proenca), 31 January 1995

Recording venue: BBC Studio 1, Maida Vale, London

Engineer: Antony Hodgson
Producer: Geoffrey Klinton-Parker
Editing & mastering: Marian Tryggvason

Cover photo: Malcolm Crowthers

(P) 1983 Unicorn-Kanchana Records

Oxford University Press
Catalogue number:
NMC D081
Release Date:
4 January 2003