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The Stage Works - A Vision of Albion

Donald Macleod charts the course of Vaughan Williams's John Bunyan odyssey, a thread which would weave itself through the whole of his creative life, and would culminate in 1951 with the premiere of his full-scale opera The Pilgrim's Progress. Presented by Donald Macleod.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Merciless beauty - 3 rondels vers. for voice & str trio

    Performer: Philip LANGRIDGE - Tenor Performer: Endellion String Quartet

    • EMI.
    • CDC-747769-2.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains - pastoral episode in 1 Act

    Conductor: Matthew BEST Performer: Adrian THOMPSON - Tenor (2nd shepherd) Performer: Alan OPIE - Baritone (1st shepherd) Performer: Bryn TERFEL - Baritone (A Pilgrim) Performer: John Mark AINSLEY - Tenor (a celestial messenger) Performer: Jonathan BEST - Bass (3rd shepherd) Performer: Linda KITCHEN - Soprano (the voice of a bird) Performer: City Of London Sinfonia. Performer: Corydon Singers

    • HYPERION.
    • CDA 66569-.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.

    Conductor: Adrian BOULT Performer: Hugh BEAN - Violin Performer: New Philharmonia Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • CDC 747-218-2.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Old King Cole - ballet for orchestra with optional chorus

    Conductor: Richard HICKOX Performer: Bradley CRESWICK - Violin Performer: Northern Sinfonia Chorus Performer: Northern Sinfonia.

    • EMI.
    • CDC 749-770 2.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Pastoral symphony (Symphony no.3)

    Conductor: Bernard HAITINK Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra

    • EMI.
    • 556564-2.

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