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  • Conductor: Paul Daniel
  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (4 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Albion
  • ASIN: B00E4VUJP2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,742 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Three Impressions for Orchestra: No. 1, Burley HeathPaul Daniel 5:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Three Impressions for Orchestra: No. 2, The SolentPaul Daniel11:49Album Only
Listen  3. Three Impressions for Orchestra: No. 3, Harnham DownPaul Daniel 6:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Songs of Travel (Book One): No. 1, The VagabondRoland Wood 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Songs of Travel (Book One): No. 2, The Roadside FireRoland Wood 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Songs of Travel (Book One): No. 3, Bright is the Ring of WordsRoland Wood 1:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola Obbligato and Strings: No. 1, Lord! Come awayAndrew Kennedy, Nicholas Bootiman 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola Obbligato and Strings: No. 2, Who is this fair one?Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Bootiman 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola Obbligato and Strings: No. 3, Come Love, come LordAndrew Kennedy, Nicholas Bootiman 3:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola Obbligato and Strings: No. 4, Evening Hymn (O Gladsome Light)Andrew Kennedy, Nicholas Bootiman 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Weyhill Fair SongRoland Wood0:43£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Incidental Music to The Mayor of Casterbridge: No. 1, CasterbridgePaul Daniel 2:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Incidental Music to The Mayor of Casterbridge: No. 2, IntermezzoPaul Daniel 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Incidental Music to The Mayor of Casterbridge: No. 3, Weyhill Fair (A to E)Paul Daniel 2:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Prelude on an Old Carol TunePaul Daniel 5:23£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Review

A tremendously rewarding and consistently absorbing compendium, this, flawlessly performed under Paul Daniel's idiomatic direction, and beautifully engineered to boot. A mandatory acquisition for all RVW acolytes. --Gramophone, Nov'13

Paul Daniel secures responsive and idiomatic playing from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, which is heard to advantage in spacious and wide-ranging sound. --IRR, Nov'13

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Robin Barber on 1 Oct. 2013
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I can agree with most of the sentiments of the first reviewer, this is an important recording beautifully played, sung and recorded throughout, a 5 star disc without doubt. The most significant pieces are the Three Impressions for Orchestra which date from 1902-4 and are here given their premiere recordings. On a first hearing I think even seasoned Vaughan Williams admirers would find it difficult to name the composer without prior knowledge. Usually you can pick Vaughan Williams`s music within hearing a few bars but not so here, though repeated listening reveals some of his early fingerprints. These are tone paintings, misty dawns, dark landscapes, the sun delicately playing on the waves but with no significant musical development, that came with the slightly later and more assured Symphonic Impression; In the Fen Country. They were discarded by the composer but now emerge as fascinating insights into his early development. The eponymous, The Solent is the most substantial of these impressions lasting nearly 12 minutes, a seascape that opens and closes with a haunting melody on clarinet that was used again in mature works, notably the Sea Symphony and the 9th Symphony, so it must have had a deep meaning for him. After a rather mysterious string passage the music lightens with the full orchestra evoking the sea and shore until a glorious climax leads to a return of the motif that opened this beautiful piece. Burley Heath is a delightful miniature depicting perhaps, a day in the New Forest region of southern England. Listeners will have no doubt about the influence of Brahms in some of the woodwind writing and although I don't think any folksong is used the music sounds otherwise quintessentially English and concludes with a short viola solo.Read more ›
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Bedinog on 1 Oct. 2013
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I suspect there have been many Vaughan Williams aficionados and less expert admirers who have wondered for years about the early, unrecorded The Solent 'Impression for Orchestra.' This admirer certainly has, and the wait has been well rewarded. But that is jumping the gun.
This latest offering from Albion Records, the recording arm of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society is arguably the finest in an admirable catalogue. At first glance, a motley 60min collection with little to connect the individual works, but on closer examination all are based on or inspired by poetry or other literature, and generally cover the composer's earlier and later career.
We are indebted to fellow composer James Francis Brown for editing (and in the case of the first, completing)the Three Impressions for Orchestra,composed in that fascinating period before VW's lessons under Ravel which led to his characteristic mature style. For me these three pieces, given their premiere recordings here are the heart of the new disc, each containing themes and ideas developed in later works.
The first, Burley Heath, for all it depicts the country scene of the title, has a distinctly marine flavour to it, with its leaping figures at one point, to my ears at least anticipating the 'penguin theme' in Sinfonia Antartica. There is, nevertheless, a quite hefty Brahmsian influence here, but I can find some hints of Bax, and even Debussy.
So we come to the almost 12 minute impression, The Solent, beginning with a plaintive melody on clarinet, seeming silence then taken up on high strings, Tallis-like, in an absolute tearjerker moment. This is yet another expression of RVW's analogy of water/sea for life's journey, the mystery and uncertainty.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By captain cuttle on 7 Feb. 2014
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Those who've long since collected the major works of the masters usually find themselves exploring lesser-known byways as an alternative to accumulating second and third versions of mainstream pieces. It's a pursuit fraught with dead ends as much as rewards. Many unrecorded works are so for a reason.
That's far from the case here. It's a superb disc in every way. The Three Impressions for Orchestra are early, shortish but very evocative tone poems with unmistakable VW fingerprints - think 'In the Fen Country' - well worth the price of the disc alone.
Three of VW's Songs of Travel, orchestrated by the composer, are nicely sung in a rich baritone by Roland Wood, though I marginally prefer the piano-accompanied versions.
The big surprise for me was the Four Hymns for Tenor, Viola Obbligato and Strings, recorded before I believe but new to me. Absolutely top-drawer VW, breathtakingly sung by Andrew Kennedy, surely a name for the future with a very fine Tom Rakewell to his credit (his acting is as good as his singing) on dvd also.
The rest of the disc is music for, or associated with, The Mayor of Casterbridge, much of it in variation form on the carol 'On Christmas Night the Joy-Bells ring'. Not absolutely essential Vaughan Williams but well-worth hearing.
Regardless, there are more than 40 minutes of music on here that no lovers of this composer will want to be without.
Albion give the RLPO a far better recording than Naxos have managed in their Shostakovich series, Paul Daniel is excellent as usual, the booklet notes are first-class and there's a lovely photo of The Needles on the cover. Well done Albion, all round!
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