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British Composers - Hickox Conducts Vaughan Williams


Release Date: 08/01/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 73986   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Bradley CreswickRoger WinfieldStephen Roberts
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of EnglandNorthern Sinfonia Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In the era following the death of Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams was clearly heir to the title, "England's greatest composer." Such Vaughan Williams works as 'Fantasia on Greensleeves,' 'The Lark Ascending,' and 'Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis' are all basic repertoire items for orchestras throughout the world. This recording provides an ample sampling of Vaughan Williams's less familiar work. Richard Hickox, a specialist in the composer's music, leads the Northern Sinfonia of England in this specially priced two-disc set.
Hickox and the orchestra revel in the idyllic charm of the rarely performed orchestral version of 'Serenade to Music.' Colorful orchestration and jolly high spirits dominate the ballet score 'Old King
Read more Cole,' which receives a jaunty performance from Hickox and company. Vaughan Williams was passionate about English folksong and a number of the works on this recording are colored by the ruddy vitality of these songs. 'The Running Set' was written for the National Folk Dance Festival of 1934, and it is rustic beauty personified. All aspects of the genius of Vaughan Williams are presented on this recording of unsurpassable performances. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The poisoned kiss: Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1929; England 
Date of Recording: 1983-87 
2. Old King Cole by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Bradley Creswick (Violin)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia Chorus,  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
3. Forty-Ninth Parallel: Prelude by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
4. The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Bradley Creswick (Violin)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1920; England 
5. Concerto for Violin in D minor "Concerto accademico" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Bradley Creswick (Violin)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1924-1925; England 
6. Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus' by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
7. Concerto for Oboe in A minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Roger Winfield (Oboe)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944; England 
8. Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Notes: Orchestrated: Greaves 
9. Hymn-tune Preludes (2) for Chamber Orchestra by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
10. Serenade to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia Chorus,  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
11. Mystical Songs (5) by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Stephen Roberts (Baritone)
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia Chorus,  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
12. The running set by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1936; England 
13. Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (3) for Organ: no 2, Rhosymedre by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; England 
Notes: Orchestrated: Foster 
14. Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (3) for Organ: no 3, Hyfyrdol by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; England 
Notes: Orchestrated: Foster 
15. Prelude on an Old Carol Tune by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; England 
16. Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Northern Sinfonia of England
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 

Sound Samples

Serenade to Music (orchestral version)
The Poisoned Kiss - Overture
Old King Cole - A Ballet for Orchestra: (Allegro moderato)
Old King Cole - A Ballet for Orchestra: Pipe Dance
Old King Cole - A Ballet for Orchestra: Bowl Dance
Old King Cole - A Ballet for Orchestra: Morris Jig: 'Go and 'list for a sailor'
Old King Cole - A Ballet for Orchestra: Folk Song: 'A Bold Young Farmer'
Old King Cole - A Ballet for Orchestra: Folk Tune: 'The Jolly Thresherman'
Old King Cole - A Ballet for Orchestra: Solo Jig
Five Mystical Songs: Easter
Five Mystical Songs: I got me flowers
Five Mystical Songs: Love bade me welcome
Five Mystical Songs: The Call [baritone only]
Five Mystical Songs: Antiphon [chorus only]
Prelude on an Old Carol Tune
The Running Set
Prelude: 49th Parallel
Sea Songs - March (sym. orch.)
The Lark Ascending
Two Hymn-Tune Preludes: 1. Eventide (melody by W. H. Monk)
Two Hymn-Tune Preludes: 2. Dominus regit me (melody by J. B. Dykes)
Oboe Concerto in A minor: I. Rondo pastorale (Allegro moderato)
Oboe Concerto in A minor: II. Minuet and Musette (Allegro moderato)
Oboe Concerto in A minor: III. Finale: Scherzo (Presto - Lento - Presto)
Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes (orch. Arnold Foster): 2. Rhosymedre (melody by J. D. Edwards, 1805-1885)
Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes (orch. Arnold Foster): 3. Hyfrydol (melody by R. H. Prichard, 1811-1887)
Concerto accademico (Concerto for violin and strings in D minor): I. Allegro pesante
Concerto accademico (Concerto for violin and strings in D minor): II. Adagio
Concerto accademico (Concerto for violin and strings in D minor): III. Presto
Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus': Adagio -
Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus': I. crotchet = crotchet -
Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus': II. Allegro moderato -
Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus': III. crotchet = 150 -
Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus': IV. L'istesso tempo -
Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus': V. Adagio

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