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Vaughan Williams: Beyond My Dream - Music for Greek Plays / Lowe, Tongue, Britten Sinfonia


Release Date: 01/12/2018 
Label:  Albion   Catalog #: 33  
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Heather Lowe
Conductor:  Alan Tongue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten SinfoniaJoyful Company of Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Albion Records is proud to present this new album of unknown music from the early maturity of Ralph Vaughan Williams. In 1911, RVW wrote music for three plays by Euripides, then newly translated into English verse by Gilbert Murray. He wrote music that he considered worthy of the plays, while also satisfying the requirements of Isadora Duncan (for dancing) and Gilbert Murray (who was anxious that the music should not overwhelm the poetry). Whether experimental or not, Murray finally concluded that he liked it very much.There was a single public performance, of which we know very little, but none of the music was ever performed with the plays for which it had been written.
Read more This beautiful music, for mezzo soprano, female chorus and orchestra has been transcribed from the scores and parts, and is recorded for the first time. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Bacchae: Thou Immaculate on High by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Heather Lowe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Tongue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia,  Joyful Company of Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
2.
Electra: Onward O Labouring Tread by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Heather Lowe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Tongue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia,  Joyful Company of Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
3.
Electra: O for the Ships of Troy by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Heather Lowe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Tongue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia,  Joyful Company of Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
4.
Iphigenia in Tauris by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Heather Lowe (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Alan Tongue
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Britten Sinfonia,  Joyful Company of Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

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