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Vaughan Williams: Willow-wood, Etc / Lloyd-jones, Et Al


Release Date: 11/15/2005 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557798   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Roderick Williams
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic OrchestraRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here's an enormously useful and enjoyable disc containing some well-known favorites (Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, Toward the Unknown Region), alongside three rarities. The Voice out of the Whirlwind is a setting of words from the book of Job, and it consists of a vocal arrangement of the Galliard of the Sons of Morning from Ralph Vaughan Williams' eponymous ballet. It works quite well in this vocal setting. Willow-Wood is a very beautiful cantata for baritone, (mostly) wordless female chorus, and orchestra to a text by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Composed in the first decade of the 20th century, the music's sweetness and serenity anticipates the much later Serenade to Music.


The Sons of Light, a choral setting of
Read more three poems by the composer's wife, Ursula Wood, comes from the very end of Vaughan Williams' career, and it's full of those glittering sounds familiar from the last three symphonies. It was recorded once before, for Lyrita, but never released on CD, and it deserves to be better known. The performances here are all very good. Baritone Roderick Williams shows some unsteadiness in his lower register but otherwise sings with excellent diction and warm tone. The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic plays very well for conductor David Lloyd-Jones, and the chorus, if not the last word in precision, sounds quite comfortable with music that's fun to sing and not too difficult to master. Very good sonics complete an essential addition to the Vaughan Williams discography. [2/8/2006]
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Sons of Light by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1950; England 
Language: English 
2.
Toward the unknown region by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1906; England 
Language: English 
3.
Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus' by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
4.
Willow-Wood by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Roderick Williams (Baritone)
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: London, England 
Language: English 
Notes: Composition written: London, England (1908 - 1909). 
5.
The Voice Out of the Whirlwind by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  David Lloyd-Jones
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 

Sound Samples

Toward the Unknown Region
Willow-Wood
The Voice out of the Whirlwind
5 Variants of Dives and Lazarus
The Sons of Light: I. Darkness and Light
The Sons of Light: II. The Song of the Zodiac
The Sons of Light: III. The Messengers of Speech

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