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The French Connection

Donald Macleod focuses on Vaughan Williams's fruitful relationship with French composer Maurice Ravel, cemented over steak and kidney puddings at Waterloo station.

"I came to the conclusion I was lumpy and stodgy ... and that a little French polish would be of use to me". That marked the beginnings of a relationship which did much to mould Vaughan Williams's talents.

Donald Macleod explores this French connection, seeing the composer develop a fruitful relationship with Maurice Ravel which eventually reached the heights of steak and kidney puddings at London's Waterloo Station.

Plus we follow the composer through his studies at Cambridge where he found only a cautious acceptance of his abilities by his tutors.

The Sky Above the Roof
Susan Bickley, mezzo soprano
Iain Burnside, piano

Overture: The Wasps
Kansas City Symphony
Michael Stern, conductor

5 Mystical Songs: Love Bade Me Welcome
Thomas Allen, baritone
Corydon Singers
English Chamber Orchestra
Matthew Best, conductor

Phantasy Quintet
The Nash Ensemble:
Marianne Thorsen, Elizabeth Wexler, violins
Lawrence Power, Louise Williams, violas
Paul Watkins, cello

Sea Symphony (1st movement: Songs for All Seas, All Ships)
Joan Rodgers, soprano
Christopher Maltman, baritone
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Paul Daniel, conductor.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The sky above the roof

    Performer: Iain Burnside. Singer: Susan Bickley.
    • Voices Volume 2: Half Close Your Eyes.
    • Black Box.
    • 20.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The wasps

    Orchestra: Kansas City S O. Conductor: Michael Stern.
    • Reference Recordings RR129.
    • Reference Recordings.
    • 1.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    5 mystical songs - Love bade me welcome

    Singer: Thomas Allen. Choir: Corydon Singers. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Matthew Best.
    • HYPERION : cds-44321.
    • HYPERION.
    • 4.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Phantasy quintet for strings

    Performer: Marianne Thorsen. Performer: Elizabeth Wexler. Performer: Lawrence Power. Performer: Paul Watkins. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • HYPERION : CDA-67313.
    • HYPERION.
    • 11.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    A sea symphony - songs for all seas, all ships

    Orchestra: Bournemouth S O. Choir: Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Paul Daniel. Singer: Joan Rodgers. Singer: Christopher Maltman.
    • NAXOS : 8-55-7059.
    • NAXOS.
    • 1.

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