Essential Vaughan Williams

The Essential Vaughan Williams

     
 

One listener's "Essential Vaughan Williams" is another listener's superfluous Vaughan Williams. There are 29 separate works on this two-disc EMI set, and while no one would argue with the inclusion of "The Lark Ascending," the "Fantasia on Greensleeves," and the "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis"; and few would argue with the…  See more details below

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One listener's "Essential Vaughan Williams" is another listener's superfluous Vaughan Williams. There are 29 separate works on this two-disc EMI set, and while no one would argue with the inclusion of "The Lark Ascending," the "Fantasia on Greensleeves," and the "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis"; and few would argue with the inclusion of the "English Folk Song Suite," the "Wasps Overture," and the "Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus," there are listener who might wonder why so many tracks here are given over to Vaughan Williams' songs, hymns, anthems, and folk song settings. Those listeners are likely to come from the western side of the Atlantic, that is, from listeners to whom "Bushes and Briars," "Loch Lomond," and "The Old Hundredth" are not as mother's milk. Those listeners are liable to regret the loss of what they regard as essential Vaughan Williams works, such as the Nocturne from the London Symphony or the Romanza from the "Fifth Symphony" or the Cavatina from the "Eighth Symphony." Listeners on the eastern side of the Atlantic, on the other hand, are likely to cheer the inclusion of so many works they have known since childhood in performances that capture all the heartfelt intensity of the music. Indeed, every work here is given a performance that is as good as definitive. Who could improve on John Barbirolli's searing "Tallis Fantasia," or David Willcocks' radiant "The blessed son of God," or Stephen Cleobury's imposing "Old Hundredth," or Adrian Boult's sensual "Serenade to Music," or Philip Ledger's "O little town of Bethlehem"? Recorded using both stereo and digital processes, EMI's sound here is consistently clear, warm, and deep.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/24/2008
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099920799229
catalogNumber:
07992

Tracks

  1. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Hugh Bean  - Adrian Boult  -  New Philharmonia Orchestra  - Alan Novelli
  2. Linden Lea, song for voice & orchestra ("In Linden Lea;" "A Dorset Song")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Janet Baker  - Gerald Moore  - Alan Novelli  - William Barnes
  3. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - John Barbirolli  - Ralph Greaves  -  Sinfonia of London  - Alan Novelli
  4. Silent Noon ("Your hands lie open in the long fresh grass"), song for voice & piano (The House of Life No. 2)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Ian Bostridge  - Julius Drake  - Dante Gabriel Rossetti  - Alan Novelli
  5. English Folk Song Suite, for orchestra (orchestrated by G. Jacob)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Gordon Jacob  - Adrian Boult  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Alan Novelli
  6. The Vagabond ("Give to me the life I love"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra) (Songs of Travel No. 1)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Anthony Rolfe Johnson  - Robert Stevenson  - David Willison  - Alan Novelli
  7. Serenade to Music ("How sweet the moonlight sleeps upon this bank!") for 16 soloists (or soloists & chorus) & orchestra  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - William Shakespeare  - Richard Angas  - Sheila Armstrong  - Adrian Boult  - Kenneth Bowen  - Norma Burrowes  - John Carol Case  - Bernard Dickerson  - Wynford Evans  - Marie Hayward  - Alfreda Hodgson  - Gloria Jennings  - Christopher Keyte  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Shirley Minty  - Ian Partridge  - Meriel Dickinson  - Susan Longfield  - Alan Novelli  - John Nobel
  8. On Wenlock Edge the wood's in trouble, song for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra) (On Wenlock Edge No. 1)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Hugh Bean  - Eileen Croxford  - Frances Mason  -  London Music Group  - David Parkhouse  - Ian Partridge  - Christopher Wellington  - Alan Novelli  - Alfred Edward Housman
  9. Prelude on Welsh Hymn Tunes for organ No. 2 in G major ("Rhosymedre")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Neville Marriner  -  Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields  - J. J. Edwards  - Arnold Foster  - Alan Novelli
  10. The Call ("Come, my way"), song for baritone, chorus (ad lib.) orchestra (or organ) (Mystical Songs No. 4)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - David Willcocks  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - George Herbert  - John Shirley-Quirk  - Alan Novelli
  11. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - John Barbirolli  -  Sinfonia of London  - Alan Novelli
  12. The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite, for orchestra from the incidental music: Overture  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Alan Novelli
  13. Loch Lomond, folk song for baritone & male chorus  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Ian Partridge  - Alan Novelli  -  London Madrigal Singers  - Christopher Bishop
  14. Ca' the Yowes, folk song for tenor & chorus  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Ian Partridge  - Alan Novelli  -  London Madrigal Singers  - Christopher Bishop
  15. Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus' for string orchestra & harp (or harps)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - David Willcocks  -  Jacques Orchestra  - Alan Novelli
  16. O Taste and See, motet for chorus & organ (Psalm 34)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  -  Winchester Cathedral Choir  - James Lancelot  - Martin Neary  - Ivan Sharpe  - Alan Novelli
  17. Job, A Masque for Dancing, ballet: Pavane of the Sons of the Morning  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Adrian Boult  -  London Symphony Orchestra  - Alan Novelli
  18. Bushes and briars, folk song for male chorus or chorus or voice & piano (Folksongs from the Eastern Counties No. 1)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - London Baccholian Singers  - Alan Novelli  - Herbert Pierce
  19. Wassail Song ("Wassail, wassail, all over the town"), carol for chorus ("Gloucestershire Wassail")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - London Baccholian Singers  - Alan Novelli  - Herbert Pierce
  20. For All the Saints Who from Their Labours Rest, hymn ("Sine nomine")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  -  York Minster Choir  - Philip Moore  - John Scott Whiteley  - Bishop W. W. How  - Alan Novelli
  21. The truth sent from above, carol for chorus or voice & piano (Traditional English Carols No. 6)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - David Willcocks  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Alan Novelli
  22. O Little Town of Bethlehem, carol (arr. from English traditional, "Forest Green")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Francis Grier  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Philip Ledger  - Philip Ledger  - Thomas Armstrong  - Philips Brooks  - Alan Novelli
  23. The Lamb ("Little Lamb who made thee"), song for voice & oboe (Blake Songs No. 5)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Janet Craxton  - Ian Partridge  - Alan Novelli
  24. Symphony No. 7 for soprano, small female chorus & orchestra with narrator ad lib ("Sinfonia Antartica"): 2. Scherzo: Moderato  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Adrian Boult  -  London Philharmonic Orchestra  - Alan Novelli
  25. Orpheus with his Lute, song for voice & piano  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - William Shakespeare  - David Daniels [countertenor]  - Martin Katz  - Alan Novelli
  26. Mass for soloists & chorus in G minor: Kyrie  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - David Willcocks  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Robin Doveton  - Nigel Perrin  - David van Asch  - John Eaton  - Alan Novelli
  27. The Blessed Son of God, for chorus (arranged from "Hodie," Christmas cantata)  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - David Willcocks  -  Bach Choir  - Alan Novelli
  28. Come Down, O Love Divine, hymn ("Down Ampney")  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  - Tom Williamson  - Alan Novelli  - Thomas Williamson
  29. The Old 100th Psalm ("All people that on earth do dwell"), for chorus, unison chorus, orchestra & organ  - Ralph Vaughan Williams  - Louis Bourgeois  -  Choir of King's College, Cambridge  - Stephen Cleobury  -  Wallace Collection  - William Kethe  - Benjamin Bayl  - Alan Novelli  - Roy Douglas

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