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Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6; The Wasps Overture; Ireland: Prelude - Forgotten Rite; Mai-Dun / Rowlands, Sims

Vaughan-williams / Ireland / Rowlands / Sims
Release Date: 02/08/2011 
Label:  Albion   Catalog #: 11   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsJohn Ireland
Performer:  Alan RowlandsAdrian Sims
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A Unique recording of Ralph Vaughan Williams Sixth Symphony on two pianos Vaughan Williams valued the opinions of close friends on his new works, even if he did not always follow the advice given. In the early years, it was to his first wife Adeline as well as to fellow composers George Butterworth and Gustav Holst that he would turn. Later, the circle of advisers widened, to include Sir Arthur Bliss, Gerald Finzi and Herbert Howells, the conductors Sir John Barbirolli, Sir Adrian Boult and Sir Malcolm Sargent and musical friends such as R.O. Morris, Steuart Wilson, Ruth Dyson and Roy Douglas. These and many others were invited to a 'play-through' of Vaughan Williams' new work. Such first hearings were arranged for piano, or two pianos, and Read more central to many of these performances in the 1940s and 1950s was Michael Mullinar (1895 - 1973). Mullinar was an expert accompanist, teacher and composer who would on occasion venture into solo repertoire. Vaughan Williams sketches for the Sixth Symphony and Michael Mullinar's two-piano arrangement with various interpolations by the composer can be found in the British Library. Alan Rowlands edited the two-piano arrangement for this recording making use of the final orchestral published version to fill in any gaps. Thus we can hear for the first time what a 'playthrough' actually sounded like. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 6 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alan Rowlands (Piano), Adrian Sims (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1947; England 
Notes: (Arr. for 2 pianos by M. Mullinar.) 
2.
The wasps: Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Alan Rowlands (Piano), Adrian Sims (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Notes: (Arr. for piano 4 hands by C. Lambert.) 
3.
Mai-Dun by John Ireland
Performer:  Alan Rowlands (Piano), Adrian Sims (Piano)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1921; England 
Notes: (Version for piano 4 hands.) 
4.
Forgotten Rite: Prelude by John Ireland
Performer:  Alan Rowlands (Piano), Adrian Sims (Piano)
Notes: (Version for piano 4 hands.) 

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