'Folk Songs of the Four Seasons' was composed as a choral work in 1949 and edited by Roy Douglas as an orchestral suite in 1952, yet the first recording wasn't made until 2012. 'Dark Pastoral' is an unfinished work from the early 1940s, completed in 2009 by David Matthews. Those are the late works. The early works - 'Bucolic Suite' from 1900-1901, and 'Serenade in A Minor' from 1898 - were complete, needing only editing from the manuscript, but that didn't happen until 2011 when Julian Rushton undertook the task. Messrs Douglas, Matthews and Rushton deserve our profound thanks, as do Martin Yates, the RSNO, and the admirable cellist Guy Johnston. These recordings were worth waiting for!
I have loved Vaughan Williams' music since my adolescence and thought until listening to this album that I had heard and was very familiar with all of his best and most well known music. This album was thus a complete surprise in that previously I had no idea that some of his music being of undoubted real quality had never been recorded. Dutton must be greatly commended for unearthing these lovely pieces, all beautifully performed with excellent sound and I entirely share the views expressed by the previous reviewer.
This is a must purchase for all lovers of the music of this great composer.
...there's still more new stuff that can be got by the genius and wonderful person that was RVW. I thought I had everything by this great man and then I find I don't...there's this...and that is so great. This record is absolutely lovely and if you like the great man, an absolute must purchase.