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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Purer Than Pearl: Songs and Duets for voices, piano and violin

Nicky Spence, William Vann, Johnny Herford, Jennifer Johnston, Mary Bevan, Thomas Gould

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1.1
Summum bonum
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Nicky Spence; William Vann
2:39
1.2
Crossing the Bar
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Johnny Herford; William Vann
3:57
1.3
Wishes
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Jennifer Johnston; William Vann
2:01
3 Rumpelstiltskin Songs  
1.4
Spinning Song
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Johnny Herford; William Vann
3:32
1.5
Lollipop's Song
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; Nicky Spence; Johnny Herford; William Vann
0:51
1.6
Rumpelstiltskin's Song
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Johnny Herford; William Vann
0:53
1.7
Linden Lea
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; Jennifer Johnston; Nicky Spence; Johnny Herford; William Vann
2:39
2 Vocal Duets  
1.8
The Last Invocation
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; Johnny Herford; Thomas Gould; William Vann
4:52
1.9
The Love Song of the Birds
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; Johnny Herford; Thomas Gould; William Vann
1:50
1.10
The Unquiet Grave, "How cold the wind doth blow" (version for voice, violin and piano)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; Thomas Gould; William Vann
5:15
1.11
Dirge for Fidele
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; Jennifer Johnston; William Vann
3:52
1.12
It Was a Lover and His Lass
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Nicky Spence; Johnny Herford; William Vann
1:41
2 English Folksongs  
1.13
No. 1. Searching for Lambs
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Nicky Spence; Thomas Gould
3:30
1.14
No. 2. The Lawyer
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Nicky Spence; Thomas Gould
1:50
The Poisoned Kiss (arr. by A. Williams for Voice & Piano)  
1.15
Act I. Opening Chorus: Secret Are the Sounds
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Adrian Williams; Mary Bevan; Johnny Herford; William Vann
2:24
1.16
Act I. Duet: It's Really Time
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Adrian Williams; Mary Bevan; Johnny Herford; William Vann
3:02
1.17
Act I. Blue Larspur in a Garden
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Adrian Williams; Mary Bevan; Nicky Spence; William Vann
2:45
1.18
Act III. When I Was Young
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Adrian Williams; Jennifer Johnston; William Vann
2:58
1.19
Act II. Serenade: Dear Love
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Adrian Williams; Nicky Spence; William Vann
3:26
1.20
Act II. The Enchanted Air
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Adrian Williams; Mary Bevan; Nicky Spence; William Vann
4:09
1.21
Act III. Love Breaks All the Rules
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Adrian Williams; Mary Bevan; Jennifer Johnston; William Vann
3:25
1.22
Act II. How Strange It Is
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Adrian Williams; Mary Bevan; Nicky Spence; William Vann
4:58
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    66:29
Purer Than Pearl features some of the most intensely romantic and beautiful music ever written, typical of Ralph Vaughn Williams. The recording, full of world premieres, contains songs and duets accompanied by piano and/or violin, written between 1891 and 1935. Presented in chronological order, the works are a blend of original pieces with arrangements of folk songs. A version of Linden Lea for four voices and piano is included along with eight selections from the opera The Poisoned Kiss, arranged here by Adrian Williams.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Albion Studio Masters

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