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Vaughan Williams: Rare Songs From The Operas / Fox, Williams, Et Al


Release Date: 06/10/2008 
Label:  Albion Records   Catalog #: 1   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Roderick WilliamsIain BurnsideSarah FoxJuliette Pochin,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

I have always admired the RVW Society. This has been pretty much on the strength of their very professionally produced quarterly journal and the consistently rewarding content - always a challenge for single composer societies. I just wish they would make their archive of newsletter issues available as pdf files on a CD or DVD. They were founded in 1994 and but it is only since 2007 that the Society has been active in issuing recordings. Albion Records is an offshoot of the Society and the rather splendid five CDs produced to date uphold the Society's high standards Read more while at the same time resisting the temptation to duplicate a composer already much recorded in certain repertoire.

The Sky Shall be our roof sets out in rarely encountered voice and piano format songs from the operas. The works in question are ten songs from Hugh the Drover, two from Sir John in Love and seven from The Pilgrim's Progress. Each works well in this format. Cold Blows the Wind and to some extent Hugh’s Song of the Road reek of hale and hearty Stanford bluffness. Life must be full of care with its hints of Linden Lea is very touching. The first Hugh and Mary Duet shows a master at work spinning passionate lines with an engaging humanity. The bouncy and jocular Finzi's Budmouth Dears must have been influenced by The Devil and Bonyparty though in this ‘contest’ Finzi is the master. Hugh, his first opera, dates from 1924 and the composer made these piano arrangements that same year. There's a great deal of touching music here. Burnside, who is a practised hand in English song, is unfailingly sensitive.

Sir John in Love is my favourite of the five operas; the second is the sadly disdained The Poisoned Kiss. The two songs from Sir John are the Falstaff-beguiling Greensleeves. Fenton's song See the Chariot at Hand - with its Flos Campi erotic swoon - is passionately done by Andrew Staples.

The Pilgrim's Progress I grew to know from the Boult EMI boxed set of LPs. Watchful's Song seems very static here. The Song of the Pilgrims is most imaginatively done and successfully fends off the magnetic hymnal turgidity of the piece. The Pilgrim's Psalm is a glorious piece of invention and is done with golden assertion by Roderick Williams. The Pandarus-oily tone of The Song of Vanity Fair sets Ursula Wood's words. It comes off with swaying ululative relish.

The producer engineer is Michael Ponder - a one time violist whose own performance of Bantock's viola sonata really should be issued.

There are eleven world premieres here.

These songs from three operas are most enjoyable and an indispensable supplement to your RVW songs shelf. The strong and responsive singing is most sensitively done.

-- Rob Barnett, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Hugh the Drover: Cold blows the wind on Cotsall by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone), Iain Burnside (Piano), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano), Andrew Staples (Tenor)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
2. Hugh the Drover: Life Must be full of care by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
3. Hugh the Drover: Sweet little linnet by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
4. Hugh the Drover: Ah! Love I've found you by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
5. Hugh the Drover: The Devil and Bonyparty by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
6. Hugh the Drover: Alone and friendless by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano),
Sarah Fox (Soprano), Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
7. Hugh the Drover: Gaily I go to die by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
8. Hugh the Drover: Here on my throne by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
9. Hugh the Drover: Hugh my lover by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
10. Sir John in Love: Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1928; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
11. Sir John in Love: See the chariot at hand by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1928; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
12. The Pilgrim's progress: Watchful's Song by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1952; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
13. The Pilgrim's progress: Song of the Pilgrims by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1952; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
14. The Pilgrim's progress: Pilgrim's Psalm by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1952; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
15. The Pilgrim's progress: Song of the Tree of Life by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1952; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
16. The Pilgrim's progress: SOng of Vanity Fair by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1952; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
17. The Pilgrim's progress: Woodcutter's song by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1952; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 13 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
18. The Pilgrim's Progress: The Lord is My Shepherd by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Sarah Fox (Soprano), Iain Burnside (Piano), Andrew Staples (Tenor),
Roderick Williams (Baritone), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949/1952; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 
19. Hugh the Drover: Hugh's Song of the Road by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Andrew Staples (Tenor), Roderick Williams (Baritone), Sarah Fox (Soprano),
Iain Burnside (Piano), Juliette Pochin (Mezzo Soprano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Vaughan Williams. 

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