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Composer's Collection: Ralph Vaughan Williams
     

Composer's Collection: Ralph Vaughan Williams

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by Eugene Corporon
 
Along with the music of his friend Gustav Holst, the wind band music of Ralph Vaughan Williams forms the core of English wind band repertoire on both sides of the Atlantic. On this two-disc set by the cracker-jack North Texas Wind Symphony under spit-and-polish conductor Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Vaughan Williams' canonical "English Folk

Overview

Along with the music of his friend Gustav Holst, the wind band music of Ralph Vaughan Williams forms the core of English wind band repertoire on both sides of the Atlantic. On this two-disc set by the cracker-jack North Texas Wind Symphony under spit-and-polish conductor Eugene Migliaro Corporon, Vaughan Williams' canonical "English Folk Song Suite," "Sea Songs," "Flourish for Wind Band," and especially his awe-inspiring "Toccata Marziale" have rarely sounded so strong, so robust, so fine, so good. But that's not all: also included here are first-rate Vaughan Williams' wryly witty Scherzo alla Marcia for wind band from his "Eighth Symphony," an arrangement of his lushly lyrical "Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus" originally for strings, his exquisitely luminous "The Lark Ascending" originally for violin soloist and orchestra, plus several expert song arrangements by diverse hands. But that's not all yet: also included are two movements from England's "Pleasant Land," a historical pageant organized by novelist E.M. Forster to raise funds to preserve the English countryside, a project near and dear to Vaughan Williams' heart. The two movements, "Exit of the Ghosts" and "Funeral March," formed the basis of the Prelude from the later "Fifth Symphony," and its addition here will ensure that all Vaughan Williams fans will have to acquire this set. Although some might question the need for so many transcriptions, the fact of the matter is that they are all skillfully accomplished and Corporon and the NTWS play them with overwhelming conviction. GIA Publications' digital sound is effortlessly real and honest with a very nice sense of place and time.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/10/2007
Label:
Gia Publications
UPC:
0785147068129
catalogNumber:
681
Rank:
97843

Tracks

  1. English Folk Song Suite, for military band
  2. Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus' for string orchestra & harp (or harps)
  3. Symphony No. 8 in D minor: Scherzo alla Marcia
  4. Flourish for Wind Band, overture to a pageant for military band
  5. England's Pleasant Land, pageant for chorus & military band (collaboration with others): Two Movements
  6. Flourish for Glorious John (Barbirolli), for orchestra
  7. Prelude on Welsh Hymn Tunes for organ No. 2 in G major ("Rhosymedre")
  8. Toccata Marziale, for military band in B flat major
  9. The Running Set, fantasia on jig-rhythms for orchestra
  10. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra
  11. Sea Songs, march for military or brass band
  12. Linden Lea, song for voice & orchestra ("In Linden Lea;" "A Dorset Song")
  13. For All the Saints Who from Their Labours Rest, hymn ("Sine nomine")
  14. Variations for brass band

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Composer's Collection: Ralph Vaughan Williams 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With the exception of the 1957 Variations for Wind Band, which are very poorly performed [by the Japanese Showa Wind Symphony], conducted, and recorded, all of the works on this 2-disc set are very well performed [by the American North Texas Wind Symphony], conducted, and recorded. The latter ensemble's playing is consistently at a very high level, the conducting is straightforward and unobtrusive, and the recorded sound is very clean. If the folks at GIA had left the poorly played Variations off the recording, they could have issued this 2-disc set as a single disc of about 75 minutes' playing time. If you already have the Variations and are looking to acquire Vaughan Williams' other wind band music, this recording is a sensible choice. If you are looking for a fine performance of the Variations, however, AVOID this recording and try to find the Eastman Wind Ensemble recording conducted by Donald Hunsberger on CBS Masterworks.