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The Solent: 50 Years of Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Andrew Kennedy, Roland Wood, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Daniel

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Grammy nomination - Best Classical Compendium, 2014

"... an outstanding release and a necessary acquisition to all Vaughan Williams completists such as myself. Highly recommended."
- Fanfare

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Three Impressions  
1
No. 1. Burley Heath (completed by J. F. Brown)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
5:31
2
No. 2. The Solent
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
11:46
3
No. 3. Harnham Down
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
6:54
Songs of Travel  
4
No. 1. The Vagabond
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
2:57
5
No. 3. The Roadside Fire
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
2:26
6
No. 8. Bright Is the Ring of Words
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
1:48
Four Hymns  
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No. 1. Lord! Come Away
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Andrew Kennedy; Nicholas Bootiman; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
3:52
8
No. 2. Who Is This Fair One?
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Andrew Kennedy; Nicholas Bootiman; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
4:43
9
No. 3. Come Love, Come Lord
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Andrew Kennedy; Nicholas Bootiman; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
3:40
10
No. 4. Evening Hymn
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Andrew Kennedy; Nicholas Bootiman; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
3:34
11
Weyhill Fair Song
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood
0:41
The Mayor of Casterbridge  
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I. Casterbridge
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
2:26
13
II. Intermezzo
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
2:19
14
III. Weyhill Fair
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
1:57
15
Prelude on an Old Carol Tune
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; Paul Daniel
5:24
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    59:58
"Album of the Week ... this gem of an album features a selection of rarely heard works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, some of them receiving their first recording."
- Classic FM

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

"... my CD of the year ... I have waited for at least 40 years to hear (The Solent) ... it is everything I could have imagined ... this may not be the most profound music released on CD this year but from my point of view it is the most fascinating."
- MusicWeb International

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Paul Daniel earned a Grammy nomination in 2014 for this recording covering 50 years of music from Ralph Vaughan Williams. The programme features the world premiere of Three Impressions for orchestra which incorporates the title work The Solent. The span of compositions presented here demonstrates two other elements of Williams's character. The first was his depth of literary understanding, including, on this album alone, settings or references to Philip Marston, Matthew Arnold, Robert Louis Stevenson, Jeremy Taylor, Dr. Isaac Watts, Richard Crashaw, Robert Bridges and Thomas Hardy. The second element was his knowledge and love of the English countryside, deepened by his folk song collecting.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Albion Studio Masters

Recorded at The Friary, Liverpool on 2-3 April, 2013
Executive Producer: Stephen Connock MBE
A&R Manager: Charles Padley
Fulfillment: Mark and Sue Hammett
Booklet notes: Stephen Connock
Producer: Andrew Walton
Engineer: Mike Clements
Cover picture: The Needles off the coast of the Isle of Wight, on the Western Solent © Fleur Piercy

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