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Vaughan Williams: Folksong Arrangements [British Composers] [CD]

Jean Stewart , Robert Tear Audio CD
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Vaughan Williams: Folksong Arrangements [British Composers] + Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; On Wenlock Edge; Norfolk Rhapsody No.1; The Lark Ascending; In the Fen Country [British Composers] + Vaughan Williams: Choral Works
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  • Audio CD (2 Jun 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0018OAP34
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,219 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Captain's ApprenticeRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 3:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. As I walked outRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Bushes and Briars (voice & piano)Robert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. GeordieRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 3:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. On Board a Ninety-EightRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The PloughmanRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 1:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The BrewerRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger0:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Rolling in the DewRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 2:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Truth Sent from AboveRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Joseph and Mary (voice & piano)Robert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Saviour's LoveRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Réveillez-vous, PiccarsRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 2:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Chanson de quêteRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 1:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Ballade de Jésus ChristRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. She's like the swalllowRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Morning DewRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Maiden's LamentRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The CuckooRobert Tear/Sir Philip Ledger 1:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The LawyerRobert Tear/Hugh Bean 1:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Searching for LambsRobert Tear/Hugh Bean 3:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. How cold the wind doth blow (or The Unquiet Grave)Robert Tear/Hugh Bean/Sir Philip Ledger 6:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Six Studies in English Folk-Song (arr. viola): 1. Lovely on the Water (Adagio)Jean Stewart/Daphne Ibbott 1:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. Six Studies in English Folk-Song (arr. viola): 2. Spurn Point (Andante sostenuto)Jean Stewart/Daphne Ibbott 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. Six Studies in English Folk-Song (arr. viola): 3. Van Dieman's Land (Larghetto)Jean Stewart/Daphne Ibbott 1:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. Six Studies in English Folk-Song (arr. viola): 4. She borrowed some of her mother's gold (Lento)Jean Stewart/Daphne Ibbott 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen26. Six Studies in English Folk-Song (arr. viola): 5. The Lady and the Dragoon (Andante tranquillo)Jean Stewart/Daphne Ibbott 1:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen27. Six Studies in English Folk-Song (arr. viola): 6. As I walked over London Bridge (Allegro vivace)Jean Stewart/Daphne Ibbott0:51£0.99  Buy MP3 

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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Something rather special... 28 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Every so often a CD comes along where just one track takes your breath away, and no matter what the disc cost it immediately becomes priceless in your collection. Here the track in question is 21), an arrangement by VW for voice, violin and piano of the folksong "How cold the wind doth blow", also known as "The Unquiet Ghost". I'd never heard this arrangment by VW before (he arranged it a number of times), and was literally blown away. The singing, by the wonderful Robert Tear, and the equally wonderful accompaniment from Hugh Bean and Philip Ledger (the former made the best recording EVER of The Lark Ascending, with Boult, by the way), allied to the timeless melody and tragic words, will break your heart. It is as simple as that.

The rest of the disc is almost as marvellous - that is meant as praise, for track 21 is in a class of its own. Buy it now, while it is cheap and available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting 5 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
I once owned these songs on LP and - long after I'd ditched my LP collection for CD's - I remembered them and hoped that one day they would re-appear on compact disc.

Folk song was in RVW's blood, of course; if not from birth, from the time when he began collecting old songs from elderly singers in East Anglia, and it was folk song from which - with English music of the Tudor age - he forged his own inimitable musical voice. So these songs must have had a special place in the composer's heart.

Back in the early years of the 20th century, those eager to preserve folk-song thought that the only way to keep them in the public consciousness was to turn them into 'art-songs', performed either by trained soloists with instrumental accompaniment or by choral groups. These settings are in that tradition, of course. RVW, Holst, Cecil Sharp and the other collectors could not have anticipated the rise, later in the century, of interest in singing these songs in a more 'authentic' style by untrained and often unaccompanied singers.

No one sets folk-songs better than RVW. To my ears, his settings are as heart-felt and sincere as Britten's are arch and affected. The performances could not be bettered and, as the previous reviewer says so eloquently, track 21 "How Cold the Wind Doth Blow" is a deeply moving masterpiece.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another VW Masterpiece 30 Dec 2010
By D Coles
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those cd's that when you first listen to it you sit and think 'yes, what a great buy'
The music is simply amazing with Robert Tear singing with such warmth and brilliant musicianship.
I now live in NZ and this cd really gives me a vivid picture of England (or how it use to be).
This cd is really worth the time. Buy it!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully and Quintessentially English Music 24 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD
The Vaughan Williams arrangements contained on this album are played with true passion and respect- almost reverence- for the great composer's music and his love of English folk music and a simpler way of life. Listening to this music will simply bring a smile to your face, and fill you with a hope of better times to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real business 28 Jun 2012
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
Anyone new to British folk music will soon realise that the reason its here is because of the scholastic approach that the songs were collected in the field by classical composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams and Benjamin Britten who transcribed the songs many times for use in their own compositions or arrnaged them into suites.
The book by A E Lloyd -Folk Songs in England-tells how this was done.
The actual versions of the songs as recorded at the time by amatuer singers like Walter Pardon and Harry Cox remained unaccompanied and are an acquired taste
Preserved at the Cecil Sharp House in London this is where many in the 70s would find the songs and record them eg Steeleye Span or the Fairport Convention
Which is roughly how the land lied and how the songs were ever heard.
In the 50s a label was set up called Topic and it went from there.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for relaxing! 31 Aug 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The late Robert Tear has a fine and lovely crystal clear voice which just makes this Album so much more enjoyable. I love the type of singing that is only accompanied by Piano. My favourite here is the six minute: 'How Cold The Wind Doth Blow' - accompanied here by a Violin also. Six studies in English Folk Song are placed at the end which were recorded in 1963 with Violin and Piano. You will find this CD great to 'de-stress' to. Some of these EMI Classics are amazingly good value!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VW Folksongs 7 April 2010
Format:MP3 Download
I knew this product from an old LP. Good to hear it in its digital perfection. The only problem I experienced was getting itunes to recognise all the tracks.
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