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CHAN 241-9
(multiple CD Set)

Vaughan Williams: The Essentail 2-CD Set

The Classical Shop
release date: March 1999

Originally recorded in 1998

Artists:

BBC Philharmonic


City of London Sinfonia


London Philharmonic Orchestra


Bournemouth Sinfonietta


Brian Kay


George Hurst


Richard Hickox


Norman Del Mar


Sir Neville Marriner


Vernon Handley


Frederick Riddle


Stephen Varcoe

baritone

Janet Hilton

clarinet

Tommy Reilly

harmonica

Keith Swallow

piano

Frederick Riddle

viola

Bournemouth Sinfonietta Choir


Huddersfield Choral Society


Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble



Venue:

Christchurch Priory, Dorset


New Broadcasting House, Manchester


St Jude on the Hill, Hampstead, London


St George the Martyr, London


St Johns Smith Square, London


All Saints' Church, Tooting, London



Producer:

Brian Couzens

(Executive: Flos Campi)

Brian Pidgeon

(Executive: Linden Lea & Fantasia on Greensleeves)

Tim Oldham

(House of Life Songs)

Ralph Couzens

(Linden Lea & Fantasia on Greensleeves)

Brian Culverhouse

(Overture: The Poisoned Kiss, Hymn-tune Preludes, The Running Set & Sea Songs)

Brian Couzens

(Overture: The Wasps, Six Studies & Serenade to Music)

Chris Hazell

(Romance)

Engineer:

Stan Goodall

& Danny Gosling (Romance)

Bill Todd

(Assistant)

Philip Couzens

(Assistant)

Richard Lee

(Assistant)

Don Hartridge

(Linden Lea & Fantasia on Greensleeves)

Brian Couzens

(Overture: The Poisoned Kiss, Hymn-tune Preludes, The Running Set & Sea Songs)

Ralph Couzens

(The Wasps, House of Life Songs, Six Studies & Serenade to Music)

Record Label
2 for 1

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Compilations & Collections

Total Time - 124:28
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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

   
1 

Overture: The Poisoned Kiss

6:45
 George Hurst
 

Two Hymn-tune Preludes

7:53  
2 1 Eventifde 4:50
3 2 Dominus Regit me 3:00
 George Hurst
4 

The Running Set

4:41
 George Hurst
 

Flos campi

20:57  
5 I Lento (senza misura) - 2:38
6 II Andante con moto - 3:00
7 III Lento (senza misura) - Allegro moderato - Allargando - 3:36
8 IV Moderato alla marcia - 2:05
9 V Andante quasi lento - 3:19
10 VI Moderato tranquillo 6:18
 Frederick Riddle
 Norman Del Mar
 

Suite for viola and orchestra

25:33  
  Group 1  
11 Prelude 3:12
12 Carol 2:42
13 Christmas Dance 1:45
  Group 2  
14 Ballad 5:45
15 Moto perpetuo 3:07
  Group 3  
16 Musette 3:44
17 Polka mélancolique 2:59
18 Galop 2:04
 Frederick Riddle viola
 Norman Del Mar
19 

Sea Songs

3:51
 George Hurst
20 

Overture: The Wasps

10:13
 Vernon Handley
 

Three Songs from The House of Life

12:34  
  orch. M. Johnstone  
21 1 Love-sight 4:12
22 2 Silent Noon 4:03
23 3 Heart's Haven 4:17
 Stephen Varcoe baritone
 Richard Hickox
 

Six Studies in English Folksong

8:36  
24 1 Adagio 1:50
25 2 Andante sostenuto 1:16
26 3 Larghetto - 1:38
27 4 Lento 1:40
28 5 Andante tranquillo 1:22
29 6 Allegro vivace 0:46
 Janet Hilton clarinet
 Keith Swallow piano
30 

Romance

6:40
 Tommy Reilly harmonica
 Sir Neville Marriner
31 

Linden Lea

2:19
  (arr. A. Somervell)  
 Brian Kay
32 

Fantasia on Greensleeves

4:12
  (arr. R. Greaves)  
 Vernon Handley
33 

Serenade to Music

10:39
 Vernon Handley
   
  1 January 1975 (Overture: The Poisoned Kiss, Hymn-tune Preludes, The Running Set & Sea Songs) & April 1977 (Flos Campi & Suite for viola)  
  1 June 1976 (Romance)  
  31 May & 1 June 1992 (Six Studies)  
  November 1983 (Overture: The Wasps & Serenade to Music)  
  20 & 21 February 1995 (Fantasia on Greensleeves) and 11 November 1995 (Linden Lea)  
  13 & 14 march 1989 (House of Life Songs)  
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*****
D Guest

*****
This Chandos double CD contains a variety of complete and partial works by Vaughan Williams performed by a number of artists in recordings made between 1975 and 1995. There are familiar works in unfamiliar forms: the Serenade to Music is purely orchestral, the songs from the House of Life are orchestrated and the Six Studies in English Folksong are played by clarinet and piano. There are also some rare items such as the Romance for harmonica and orchestra, the overture to the Poisoned Kiss and The Running Set. Best of all, there are the two major works for viola and orchestra. Flos Campi is one of Vaughan William's most original and profound pieces inspired by the Song of Solomon. Intensely lyrical and sensual, it uses a wordless chorus in an instrumental way. There are no other complete recordings, as far as I know, of the later Suite for Viola and Orchestra. It is a substantial piece at over 25 minutes and is tuneful and lighter in character than Flos Campi. All the performances are of high quality, in particular Frederick Riddle gives fine accounts of the two viola works. He is accompanied by the much missed Bournemouth Sinfonietta, conducted by the late Norman del Mar. Vernon Handley and Richard Hickox also conduct, both fine interpreters of Vaughan Williams now lost to us. Chandos has always been known for the technical excellence of their recordings and these are no exception despite the oldest being made 35 years ago. At its bargain price, I would highly recommend this compendium, particularly as it mixes old favourites with more unusual items.
R Bullock