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The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Mark Bebbington, Rebeca Omordia

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1.1
The Lake in the Mountains
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
5:34
1.2
Introduction and Fugue
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington; Rebeca Omordia
17:22
6 Schübler Chorales, Op. 5  
1.3
Ach bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649 (arr. by R. Vaughan Williams for Piano)
Johann Sebastian Bach; Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
5:49
1.4
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (arr. by M. Jacobson for 2 Pianos)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Maurice Jacobson; Mark Bebbington; Rebeca Omordia
12:29
1.5
Hymn Tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
4:44
1.6
Fantasia on Greensleeves (arr. for Piano Duet)
Anonymous; Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington; Rebeca Omordia
3:53
A Little Piano Book  
1.7
Valse Lente
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
1:31
1.8
Nocturne
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
1:38
1.9
Canon
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
1:04
1.10
Two-Part Invention in F
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
1:14
1.11
Two-Part Invention in E Flat
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
0:57
1.12
Two-Part Invention in G
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
0:52
Suite of 6 Short Pieces  
1.13
No. 1. Prelude
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
1:39
1.14
No. 2. Slow dance
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
1:44
1.15
No. 3. Quick dance
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
2:10
1.16
No. 4. Slow air
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
3:07
1.17
No. 5. Rondo
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
2:38
1.18
No. 6. Pezzo ostinato
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mark Bebbington
2:21
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    70:46
"... intriguing ... a pleasure to play in the dedicated hands of Mark Bebbington and Rebecca Omordia ... with repeated listening this substantial work grows more rich and lyrical, in unmistakable RVW vein. Fans as well as completists should try it." - The Guardian "Recording of the Month ... all concerned with this ambitious and enterprising CD are to be congratulated ... a masterly work ... the ornate writing is richly and impressively elaborate. It is imposing and grandiloquent. The large-scale fugue is a wonder of contrapuntal art, harmonic fluidity and rich sinuous variety. Bebbington and Omordia’s deft and dedicated reading shows the work off in all its glory proving, if ever such proof was needed, that this work is a major find and a significant addition to the two piano repertory ... should surely attract more pianists to this spellbinding music." - MusicWeb International Pianists Mark Bebbington and Rebeca Omordia fuse their talents on the world premiere recording of the Introduction and Fugue for two pianos, written by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1947. Another highlight from the duo is the Tallis Fantasia: in its original string version it is an evergreen English work, repeatedly topping listener surveys of favourite pieces. Bebbington says this two piano transcription has leaner textures and clearer polyphony. "Vaughan Williams wrote the Introduction and Fugue concurrently with the Sixth Symphony, a work which shocked the musical world with its undisguised brutality and modernism ... this piano work belongs to the same musical aesthetic." - Mark Bebbington
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – SOMM Recordings Studio Masters

Recorded at the Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire, March 30 and 31, 2016 Recording producer: Siva Oke Recording engineer: Paul Arden-Taylor Front cover: Albert Bierstadt A Storm in the Rocky Mountains, Mt. Rosalie 1866 (detail) Design: Andrew Giles

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