Vaughan Williams, Ralph

April 3, 2013, 7:00 pm

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Composer of nine masterful symphonies, editor of the English Hymnal, an ambulance driver in WWI and great-nephew to Charles Darwin, Ralph Vaughan Williams was a prolific and intriguing figure who was at the vanguard of English music in the early 20th century. This week, we’ll look at his life and sample his music.

Playlist

Episode 1

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (excerpt)
Royal Phil/Menuhin
Virg 61105
1:05

Handel: Water Music (excerpt)
Philadelphia Orchestra/Ormandy
Sony 742563
:36

Gilbert & Sullivan: Pirates of Penzance (excerpt)
Pro Arte Orchestra/Sargent
EMI 64397
:47

Wagner: Die Walküre (excerpt)
Vienna Phil/Solti
Lon 414105
1:54

Holst: Mars fr. The Planets (excerpt)
LSO/Davis
LSO 0029
:46

Vaughan Williams: “The Vagabond”
Terfel, bar.; Martineau, p.
DG 445946
3:06

Vaughan Williams: In the Fen Country (excerpts) & A Norfolk Rhapsody (excerpt)
London Phil/Thomson
Chan 8502
2:15, 1:28

Vaughan Williams: String Quartet No. 1, I
English String Quartet
Unicorn 9076
7:58

Debussy: Quartet for strings in G Minor (excerpt)
Cleveland Quartet
Tel 80111
:24

Vaughan Williams: Selections fr. “On Wenlock Edge”
Britten Quartet; Langridge, ten.; Shelley, p.
EMI 54346
9:40

Vaughan Williams: The Wasps: Overture
LSO/Previn
RCA 60581
8:54

Episode 2

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1,A Sea Symphony, I
London Philharmonic/Boult; Armstrong, s.; Case, bar.
EMI 472122
19:11

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Polygram 445922
14:03

Butterworth: “The Lads in their Hundreds”
Luxon, bar.; Willison, p.
Chan 8831
2:10

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2,London, III
London Philharmonic/Boult
EMI 47213
7:07, :26

Episode 3

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2,LondonLondon Philharmonic/Boult, I (excerpt), IV
London Philharmonic/Boult
EMI 47213
:50, 11:55

Holst: Mars from The Planets (excerpt)
LSO/Davis
LSO0029
:47

Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin (excerpt)
Montreal Symphony/Dutoit
Lon 410254
2:12

Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending
Birmingham Symphony/Rattle; Kennedy, v.
EMI 56413
17:27

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3,Pastoral, I
LSO/Previn; Harper, s.
RCA 89827
11:02

Vaughan Williams: Kyrie from Mass in G Minor
King’s College Choir/Willcocks
EMI 69820
3:53

Episode 4

Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, I
LSO/Thomson; Sillito, v.
Chan 9262
5:41

Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love (excerpts)
Northern Sinfonia/Hickox + soloists
Chan 9928
12:18

Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves
Sinfonia of London/Barbirolli
EMI 67264
1:01, 1:49

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4, I
London Phil/Haitink
EMI 56564
8:32

Vaughan Williams: “Beat, Beat Drums” fr. Dona Nobis Pacem
London Phil/Boult
EMI 69820
3:34

Vaughan Williams: Prelude to 49th Parallel
Northern Sinfonia/Hickox
EMI 49770
2:29

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5, I
Royal Phil/Menuhin
Virgin 61105
11:59

Episode 5

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5, finale (excerpt)
Royal Phil/Menuhin
Virgin 61105
1:12

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6, I
LSO/Previn
RCA 55708
8:07

Vaughan Williams: “The Cloud-Capped Towers” & “Over Hill, Over Dale”
Finzi Singers/Spicer
Chan 9425
2:15, :56

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 7,Sinfonia Antarctica, I & II
LSO/Previn
RCA 60590
16:57

Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Tuba and Orchestra, II
LSO/Thomson; Harrild, tuba
Chan 8740
5:19

Vaughan Williams: “Serenade to Music”
ECO & Corydon Singers/Best
Hyperion 66420
13:29

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9 (excerpt)
LSO/Previn
RCA 55708
2:23