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on 21 June 2014
Naxos are to be congratulated for bringing us beautifully played performances of these early, and probably to most people, unknown works by Vaughan Williams in recorded sound which is of the highest quality. The members of the London Soloists Ensemble, plus two other players, are all musicians of the front rank and their playing in these works is captivating, to say the least.

In the two quintets Vaughan Williams shows the unmistakable influence of Brahms including, in the work for violin, cello, clarinet, horn and piano, a clear, and probably conscious, reference to the slow movement of that composer's fourth symphony. Vaughan Williams was not, of course, alone in being influenced by the great German master. His teachers Parry and Stanford most certainly were, to say nothing of lesser men such as Somervell and Dyson, to name only two. These, perhaps, were never able to shake off that influence and that of other composers, but Vaughan Williams most certainly did and went on to develop his own highly individual style and musical language, becoming eventually one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century. In the Piano Quintet one feels that individuality is beginning to emerge when in the second movement the main theme bears a striking resemblance to his lovely song Silent Noon, which was composed in the same year.

There is more of the mature Vaughan Williams in the Six Studies in English Folk Song, which were composed much later than the two quintets. These are not simply arrangements, but are subtle elaborations on each of the songs. They are most beautifully played here by Anthony Pike and John Lenehan.

This is a disc of beautiful and largely undemanding music, which will give much pleasure, as well as revealing the early development of this great composer.
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on 20 June 2014
These are lesser-known works by Vaughan Williams, whose more popular works regularly find places at the top of Hall of Fame classics charts. They are early works but nevertheless clearly show the characteristics that we expect, particularly that very English pastoral quality, and are very beautiful. Here they are played beautifully too.
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on 11 August 2014
A strange variety of new and old shows the distance between Vaughan Williams different periods. The playing is first class and I don't regret getting the album. I wouldn't give it up now either.
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on 21 August 2014
People looking to go beyond the usual Vaughan Williams repertoire may be tempted by this, but may, like me, be a little disappointed. The bulk of this recording consists of early pieces that RVW himself did not rate highly. The exception is the beguiling little Romance for Viola and Piano, which is a real find, but hardly worth buying the CD for. The quintets are worth hearing, and the whole is well performed, but they lack a distinctive voice, and for anyone interested in exploring his chamber works the CD of the Phantasy Quintet and the string quartets, also on Naxos, is a better choice.
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on 19 September 2015
A five star recording in my book, and not only for the sensitivity of the playing. Whatever critics may have decided, this early pre-medieval-modes quintet is a masterpiece. It has some of VW's most affective writing. The first movement in particular is one of my favourite things in the world.
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on 14 August 2014
These chamber works are mostly un-acknowledged masterpeices of an idiom in which we do not often hear Vaughan Williams. I cannot recommend it too highly. Recording and performance standards are of the highest quality, and this disc would still be a bargain if it cost rather more than its modest £6. This is one of finest CDs ever to appear from the Naxos organisation. No lover of Englsih music will want to be without this.
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on 14 January 2015
Some very interesting and seldom heard music hear but I felt the Folk Song Studies were taken a bit too slowly
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on 15 May 2015
Well worth a listen. Beautiful execution.
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on 15 June 2015
Love his music.
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on 11 January 2016
Very good.
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