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The Film Music Of Ralph Vaughan Williams Vol 3


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Chandos Movies Catalog #: 10368   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic OrchestraLadies of Manchester Chamber Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Story of a Flemish Farm (from the World War II propaganda flick The Flemish Farm) is a remarkably unbombastic and tasteful collection of recognizable RVW. The 25-minute-long suite assembled here flows very effectively, with sufficient internal contrast to permit the music to survive independently. The Loves of Joanna Godden is even better. The composer sanctioned this arrangement of about 10 cues into a unified whole, turning it into a nature-inspired tone poem very much in the style of the contemporaneous Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, as well as The Pilgrim's Progress. In short, it's very beautiful.

Bitter Springs was mostly composed by Ernest Irving working with a few tunes supplied by Vaughan Williams, so it has a bit
Read more less personality--but it's still very good movie music. The performances are up to the high standards of this series to date, and the engineering is excellent. If you've been collecting this music, then by all means continue. It's nice that the fact that a composer is dead doesn't mean that new works won't keep popping up, as the modern army of posthumous arrangers go to work on every scrap that he wrote (or in the case of Elgar and others, didn't write!).

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

1.
The Story of a Flemish Farm by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; England 
2.
The Loves of Joanna Gooden by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,  Ladies of Manchester Chamber Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Hogger. 
3.
Bitter Springs by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Rumon Gamba
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; England 
Notes: Arranger: Stephen Hogger. 

Sound Samples

The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: I. The Flag Flutters in the Wind
The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: II. Night by the Sea - Farewell to the Flag -
The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: III. Dawn in the Old Barn - The Parting of the Lovers
The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: IV. In the Cafe
The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: V. The Major Goes to Face his Fate -
The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: VI. The Dead Man's Kit -
The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: VII. The Wanderings of the Flag
The Loves of Joanna Godden
Bitter Springs: Main Titles and Opening Music
Bitter Springs: Rocks
Bitter Springs: First Desert
Bitter Springs: Waterhole
Bitter Springs: End of the Trek
Bitter Springs: Kangaroos
Bitter Springs: Boomerang
Bitter Springs: Housewarming
Bitter Springs: Hunters
Bitter Springs: Fire
Bitter Springs: Abos Retreat
Bitter Springs: Warragani Boy
Bitter Springs: Ma and Abos
Bitter Springs: Round Up

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