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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5960 on: August 31, 2022, 05:51:09 AM »
Another review here, Jeffrey.
http://landofllostcontent.blogspot.com/2022/08/vaughan-williams-on-brass.html
Thanks Lol. Read with interest. I can relate to the point about 'those of us of a certain age' remembering the centenary celebrations of 1972! I remember them well.
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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5961 on: September 12, 2022, 11:27:25 AM »
Albion Recods last release of this 150th Anniversary year includes a couple of tracks that seem especially apt in the light of Queen Elizabeth's passing.


(I'm not smitten by the cover painting!)

First is a previous release of the great RVW hymn tune "For All the Saints" but for this release organist David Briggs has added an improvisation on the same tune - as if for the recessional at a service which somehow seems rather magnificent.  Then the disc finishes with a track previously released - another RVW hymn tune - this time "Randolph" which he set to the words "God be with you till we meet again".  Quite beautifuly sung, a gorgeous arrangement and very touching I found......
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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5962 on: September 12, 2022, 12:44:51 PM »
(I'm not smitten by the cover painting!)

Not smitten...?
It is just really  bad!

There are enough good photographs and some excellent drawings of RVW.
Let's quickly listen to some lovely music and try to forget that awful portrait  : Three preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes for string orchestra

https://youtu.be/s3Bc9BRTwWA


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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5963 on: September 12, 2022, 05:23:15 PM »
Albion Recods last release of this 150th Anniversary year includes a couple of tracks that seem especially apt in the light of Quenn Elizabeth's passing.


(I'm not smitten by the cover painting!)

First is a previous release of the great RVW hymn tune "For All the Saints" but for this release organist David Briggs has added an improvisation on the same tune - as if for the recessional at a service which somehow seems rather magnificent.  Then the disc finishes with a track previously released - another RVW hymn tune - this time "Randolph" which he set to the words "God be with you till we meet again".  Quite beautifuly sung, a gorgeous arrangement and very touching I found......

Horrendous painting and design. Candidate for worst album art ever.

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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5964 on: September 12, 2022, 07:50:28 PM »
I think it's supposed to be a parody of the famous portrait of J S Bach where he is holding a piece of manuscript paper with the theme from the Art of Fugue (or is it the Musical Offering?) written on it. However, I agree, terrible picture.

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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5965 on: September 12, 2022, 08:40:14 PM »
I think it's supposed to be a parody of the famous portrait of J S Bach where he is holding a piece of manuscript paper with the theme from the Art of Fugue (or is it the Musical Offering?) written on it. However, I agree, terrible picture.
Yes, it's awful - worst I've seen.
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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5966 on: September 15, 2022, 06:43:01 AM »
Latest Gramophone Magazine:
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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5967 on: September 18, 2022, 06:22:09 AM »
I've recently been singing the praises of the free download of the "Big English Music Box" from ClassicSelect

https://www.classicselectworld.com/collections/free-downloads/products/big-english-music-box

the more I have listened the more I have enjoyed.  I know/own many of the performances in their original CD releases which is why I'd never bother buying this "box" before - why pay for so much duplication?!  BUT, then today I stumbled across tracks 92 & 93 which are two early/very rare Vaughan Williams duets for soprano and baritone.  Yes they are a bit twee and also rather Victorian parlour-ish (they date from 1903) but lovely to hear and fascinating at filling out further the sense of the remarkable creative journey RVW made from worthy student composer to mature individual genius.  These were written just a year before the Songs of Travel which represent a massive leap forward and just five before On Wenlock Edge.

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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5968 on: September 18, 2022, 03:23:15 PM »
I've recently been singing the praises of the free download of the "Big English Music Box" from ClassicSelect

https://www.classicselectworld.com/collections/free-downloads/products/big-english-music-box

the more I have listened the more I have enjoyed.  I know/own many of the performances in their original CD releases which is why I'd never bother buying this "box" before - why pay for so much duplication?!  BUT, then today I stumbled across tracks 92 & 93 which are two early/very rare Vaughan Williams duets for soprano and baritone.  Yes they are a bit twee and also rather Victorian parlour-ish (they date from 1903) but lovely to hear and fascinating at filling out further the sense of the remarkable creative journey RVW made from worthy student composer to mature individual genius.  These were written just a year before the Songs of Travel which represent a massive leap forward and just five before On Wenlock Edge.

Thanks for letting us know about the Big English Music Box. I just downloaded it. Fabulous!

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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5969 on: September 18, 2022, 03:29:27 PM »
I listened to the Boult/EMI recordings of the 4th and 5th symphonies today and really enjoyed both of them! Anyone else listening to Boult's RVW lately? I understand it's probably old news for most of you. Was it the first complete RVW cycle to be recorded?

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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5970 on: September 18, 2022, 03:47:42 PM »
I listened to the Boult/EMI recordings of the 4th and 5th symphonies today and really enjoyed both of them! Anyone else listening to Boult's RVW lately? I understand it's probably old news for most of you. Was it the first complete RVW cycle to be recorded?

I have the Boult/EMI box set and I revisited all RVW's symphonies some moths ago; definitely a great experience, because I didn't remember those works were so terribly good and made me revalue Vaughan Williams as a composer.
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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5971 on: September 18, 2022, 10:27:25 PM »
I listened to the Boult/EMI recordings of the 4th and 5th symphonies today and really enjoyed both of them! Anyone else listening to Boult's RVW lately? I understand it's probably old news for most of you. Was it the first complete RVW cycle to be recorded?

Yes & No!  YES because it WAS Boult with the LPO who recorded the 1st complete cycle (nearly) for Decca - still available and just being released in new masterings by Pristine


(this was the last Decca remastering)

NO because Decca did not record No.9.  The same artists recorded that symphony for Everest (in stereo on the day of the composer's death) but the box above does include the Everest performance to make the cycle "complete"

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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5972 on: September 18, 2022, 10:50:45 PM »
Yes & No!  YES because it WAS Boult with the LPO who recorded the 1st complete cycle (nearly) for Decca - still available and just being released in new masterings by Pristine


(this was the last Decca remastering)

NO because Decca did not record No.9.  The same artists recorded that symphony for Everest (in stereo on the day of the composer's death) but the box above does include the Everest performance to make the cycle "complete"
+ you get VW's recorded speech of thanks to the orchestra after Symphony No.6 and Boult's tribute to VW (on the day of his death) before Symphony No.9
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Re: Vaughan Williams's Veranda
« Reply #5973 on: September 30, 2022, 08:41:02 AM »
New arrival. This biography, in 'The Master Musicians' series replaces the one by the late James Day:
"Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm" (Churchill).

'The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good' (Stanley Kubrick).