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Vaughan Williams: A Cotswold Romance, Death Of Tintagiles


Release Date: 09/15/1998 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9646   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Rosa MannionThomas RandleMatthew Brook
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic ChoirLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The two compositions on this disc present Vaughan Williams in two vastly different moods. 'A Cotswold Romance' offers the Vaughan Williams who loved sunny English folksongs, while 'The Death of Tintagiles' presents the darker side of the composer's palette.
'A Cotswold Romance' is a cantata that Vaughan Williams adapted from his ballad-opera 'Hugh the Drover.' The cantata is rooted in the English folk song tradition and is filled with robust tunes for chorus, soprano, tenor, and baritone soloists. Tenor Thomas Randle sings Hugh's music with a rough-edged charm that is ideal in the aria "Hugh's Song of the Road." Randle is also capable of great tenderness and displays this talent in the gentle "Sweet Little Linnet." The chorus plays
Read more a major role in the work and the composer gives them music that is by turn rollicking, menacing, and ultimately romantic. The London Philharmonic Choir make the most of their opportunities and sing with a rich, wonderful sound.
The 'Death of Tintagiles' was written as incidental music for a play by Maurice Maeterlinck. The gloom and foreboding of the drama are perfectly captured in the dark orchestration of the elegiac suite performed here. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
A Cotswold Romance by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Rosa Mannion (Soprano), Thomas Randle (Tenor), Matthew Brook (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Choir,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1951 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 39 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: This work was adapted by Vaughan Williams and Maurice Jacobson from Vaughan Williams' ballad opera "Hugh the Drover" (1910-14). 
2.
The Death of Tintagiles by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913 
Date of Recording: 10/1997 
Venue:  All Saints' Church, Tooting, London 
Length: 14 Minutes 46 Secs. 

Sound Samples

A Cotswold Romance (adaptation of Hugh the Drover): The Men of Cotsall (Chorus)
A Cotswold Romance (adaptation of Hugh the Drover): Sweet Little Linnet (Hugh)
A Cotswold Romance (adaptation of Hugh the Drover): Hugh's Song of the Road (Chorus)
A Cotswold Romance (adaptation of Hugh the Drover): Love at First Sight (Hugh, Mary, Chorus)
A Cotswold Romance (adaptation of Hugh the Drover): The Best Man in England (Baritone solo, Chorus)
A Cotswold Romance (adaptation of Hugh the Drover): Alone and Friendless (Hugh)
A Cotswold Romance (adaptation of Hugh the Drover): The Fight and its Sequel (Baritone solo, Mary, Hugh, Chorus)
A Cotswold Romance (adaptation of Hugh the Drover): Hugh in the Stocks (Hugh)
A Cotswold Romance (adaptation of Hugh the Drover): Mary Escapes (Mary, Chorus)
A Cotswold Romance (adaptation of Hugh the Drover): Freedom at last (Hugh, Mary, Chorus)
The Death of Tintagiles: Prelude: Largo - Andantino - Adagio -
The Death of Tintagiles: Lento -
The Death of Tintagiles: Allegro -
The Death of Tintagiles: Lento - Andante tranquillo - Lento -
The Death of Tintagiles: Moderato -
The Death of Tintagiles: Allegro -
The Death of Tintagiles: Lento

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