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A local man - Albion

Ralph Vaughan Williams believed deeply that a composer should be national and that their music should be a vital component of the British soul.

Ralph Vaughan Williams was a composer with a self-consciously national voice, who nonetheless believed passionately in the importance of localism. Indeed, he saw healthy music-making in each community as the ultimate source of national musical vitality, and longed for a time when every major town in Britain would have its own orchestra. His respect for folk music and well-known use of traditional melodies reflected a strong response to places, and the people he met there. This week, Donald examines five key locations which were significant throughout the composer's life.

"The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night, And his affections dark as Erebus. Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music." Vaughan Williams chose these words of Shakespeare for his Serenade to Music, a work which in many ways encapsulates his musical philosophy.

The Old Hundredth
Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford
English String Orchestra
Stephen Darlington, conductor

Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Thomas Allen, Baritone
Charles Tunnell, cello
Corydon Singers
English Chamber Orchestra
Matthew Best, conductor

Fantasia on "Greensleeves"
London Symphony Orchestra
Andre Previn

Serenade to Music
Elizabeth Connell, soprano
Anne Dawson, soprano
Linda Kitchen, soprano
Amanda Roocroft, soprano
Sarah Walker, mezzo-soprano
Catherine Wyn-Rogers, mezzo-soprano
John Mark Ainsley, tenor
Maldwyn Davies, tenor
Martyn Hill, tenor
Thomas Allen, baritone
Alan Opie, baritone
John Connell, bass
Gwynne Howell, bass
English Chamber Orchestra
Matthew Best, conductor

The Messengers of Speech (The Sons of Light)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
David Lloyd-Jones, conductor

Epilogue (Sinfonia Antarctica)
Edvard Grieg Kor
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Andrew Davis, conductor.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 13 Jul 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    All people that on earth do dwell (The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune)

    Orchestra: English Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Stephen Darlington. Choir: Christ Church Cathedral Oxford Choir.
    • Nimbus NI5166.
    • Nimbus.
    • 5.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on Christmas Carols

    Performer: Charles Tunnell. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Matthew Best. Singer: Sir Thomas Allen. Ensemble: Corydon Singers.
    • Hyperion CDS44321/4.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'

    Conductor: André Previn. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • EMI CLASSICS : 382-1572.
    • 3.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Serenade to Music for 16 soloists and orchestra

    Singer: Elizabeth Connell. Singer: Anne Dawson. Singer: Linda Kitchen. Singer: Amanda Roocroft. Singer: Sarah Walker. Singer: Catherine Wyn‐Rogers. Singer: John Mark Ainsley. Singer: Maldwyn Davies. Singer: Martyn Hill. Singer: Thomas Allen. Singer: Alan Opie. Singer: John Connell. Singer: Gwynne Howell. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Matthew Best.
    • Hyperion CDA30025.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Messengers of Speech (The Sons of Light)

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones. Choir: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir.
    • NAXOS : 8.-557798.
    • NAXOS.
    • 7.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Sinfonia Antartica, 5th movement

    Ensemble: Edvard Grieg Kor. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis. Choir: Bergen Filharmoniske Kor.
    • Chandos CHSA5186.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.


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