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Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto / Wass, Judd, Royal Liverpool PO


Release Date: 11/17/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572304   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Ashley Wass
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Vaughan Williams' Piano Concerto is a wonderful, wholly characteristic work. The fact that it ends softly probably accounts for its lack of popularity in concert, but it's been very lucky on disc. Almost all of the available versions are very good, and this one is no exception. Ashley Wass offers a scintillating account of the opening Toccata, alternately brilliant and delicate, a lovely and lyrical Romanza, and an aptly gutsy fugue and finale. Having James Judd on the podium virtually guarantees sharply focused, idiomatic accompaniments. He's one of Naxos' most reliable and interpretively characterful conductors.

The couplings are also quite appealing. The complete Wasps suite is another excellent work that you'll probably
Read more never hear in concert, at least outside of England, and more's the pity. Judd delivers a flavorsome performance. His tempo for the overture is particularly well-judged, not as slow as Boult's but not as slick and swift as some prefer. Rather, he finds a sturdy liveliness of pace and gruff good humor that comes across as quintessentially English. The Folk Song Suite and Running Set march are charming and never seem to lose their tuneful freshness, while the entire program is very well played by the RLPO. Very good sonics too. A treat for RVW fans.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Piano in C major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Ashley Wass (Piano)
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1931; England 
2.
The wasps by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
3.
English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
4.
The running set by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  James Judd
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 

Sound Samples

The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite: I. Overture
The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite: II. Entr'acte
The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite: III. March Past of the Kitchen Utensils
The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite: IV. Entr'acte
The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite: V. Ballet and Final Tableau
Piano Concerto in C major: I. Toccata: Allegro moderato -
Piano Concerto in C major: II. Romanza: Lento
Piano Concerto in C major: III. Fuga chromatica con finale alla tedesca: Allegro - Lento - Largo sostenuto - Andante sostenuto -
Piano Concerto in C major: IV. Finale
English Folk Song Suite (arr. G. Jacob): I. March, "Seventeen come Sunday"
English Folk Song Suite (arr. G. Jacob): III. Intermezzo, "My Bonny Boy"
English Folk Song Suite (arr. G. Jacob): IV. March, "Folk Songs from Somerset"
The Running Set

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