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Quote from: Irons on August 31, 2022, 01:59:52 AMAnother review here, Jeffrey.http://landofllostcontent.blogspot.com/2022/08/vaughan-williams-on-brass.html
Quote from: Roasted Swan on September 12, 2022, 12:27:25 PM(I'm not smitten by the cover painting!)
Quote from: Roasted Swan on September 12, 2022, 12:27:25 PMAlbion 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......
Quote from: calyptorhynchus on September 12, 2022, 08:50:28 PMI 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.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on September 18, 2022, 07:22:09 AMI've recently been singing the praises of the free download of the "Big English Music Box" from ClassicSelecthttps://www.classicselectworld.com/collections/free-downloads/products/big-english-music-boxthe 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.
Quote from: vers la flamme on September 18, 2022, 04:29:27 PMI 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?
Quote from: Roasted Swan on September 18, 2022, 11:27:25 PMYes & 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"
Quote from: vandermolen on October 08, 2022, 10:47:48 AMArrived today - not to be missed:The 'big tune' towards the end of the first movement (6th Symphony) steers a middle position between Barbirolli's more 'romantic' treatment (Orfeo CD and 70th Birthday concert) and Boult's more objective treatment which IMO works best. Boult's objective way with Vaughan Williams really suits the 6th and 7th symphonies. Brabbins is just as good in better sound (I prefer Boult's slower pacing in the Epilogue however). This is a terrific performance in all respects which takes me back 50 years to the Centenary Concert (Boult) on October 12th 1972 in the Festival Hall in London (Symphony No.8, Job, On Wenlock Edge etc). Brabbins and the BBC SO have done Vaughan Williams proud.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on October 08, 2022, 12:48:56 PMAs far as I know NO performance of the Epilogue of No.6 actually plays it as FAST as the published score marking suggests. I agree the Boult/Decca 'feels' impressively right but its a LOT slower than the tempo marking. Yet this is the performance that RVW specifically praises in the little recorded speech included with the Decca set. So a great example of a composer indicating one thing yet then approving some quite different. On a slight tangent - there is a new book written by Nigel Simeone about the correspondance/relationship between Boult and RVW which is absolutely fascinating - quite a lot of the time little tweaks and suggestions going to and froe..... (just published by Boydell)
Quote from: Spotted Horses on October 08, 2022, 12:50:56 PMI'm sorely tempted by the Brabbins RVW. I enjoyed his recording of A London Symphony a lot, and am inclined to pick up his recordings of my favorites, 9, 8, 6, 3, maybe 5 and 4. I haven't kept track of which ones he's done so far.
Quote from: Roasted Swan on October 08, 2022, 11:19:16 PMJust 7 & 9 to be released and that disc appeared in the latest Hyperion "coming soon" email but with no specific date but I guess before this anniversary year ends. I have not heard any of the Manze cycle so cannot compare but I have enjoyed this Brabbins cycle a lot. Very well recorded and well played - my only big "blot" was the way too small voiced baritone in the Sea Symphony. I've enjoyed the unusual couplings too - but I know that is of little concern to some folk. For me certainly a much better cycle than Elder of the most recent sets I do know.
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