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Vaughan Williams: Job & Songs of Travel

Hallé, Sir Mark Elder, Neal Davies

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Songs of Travel  
1.1
I. The Vagabond (Orch. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Robert Louis Stevenson; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Neal Davies
3:02
1.2
II. Let Beauty Awake (Orch. Roy Douglas)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Robert Louis Stevenson; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Neal Davies
1:59
1.3
III. The Roadside Fire (Orch. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Robert Louis Stevenson; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Neal Davies
2:29
1.4
IV. Youth and Love (Orch. Roy Douglas)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Robert Louis Stevenson; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Neal Davies
3:27
1.5
V. In Dreams (Orch. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Robert Louis Stevenson; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Neal Davies
2:47
1.6
VI. The Infinite Shining Heavens (Orch. Roy Douglas)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Robert Louis Stevenson; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Neal Davies
2:20
1.7
VII. Whither Must I Wander? (Orch. Roy Douglas)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Robert Louis Stevenson; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Neal Davies
3:58
1.8
VIII. Bright Is the Ring of Words (Orch. Ralph Vaughan Williams)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Robert Louis Stevenson; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Neal Davies
2:09
1.9
IX. I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope (Orch. Roy Douglas)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Robert Louis Stevenson; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Neal Davies
2:11
Job  
1.10
Scene I. Introduction
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder
6:37
1.11
Scene I.Saraband of the Sons of God
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder
3:51
1.12
Scene II. Satan’s Dance of Triumph
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder
3:32
1.13
Scene III. Minuet of the Sons of Job and Their Wives
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder
4:14
1.14
Scene IV. Job’s Dream
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder
4:20
1.15
Scene V. Dance of the Three Messengers
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder
5:15
1.16
Scene VI. Dance of Job’s Comforters
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; Darius Battiwalla
4:55
1.17
Scene VII. Elihu’s Dance of Youth and Beauty
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; David Adams
3:40
1.18
Scene VII. Pavane of the Sons of the Morning
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder
1:59
1.19
Scene VIII. Galliard of the Sons of the Morning
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder
2:08
1.20
Scene VIII. Altar Dance and Heavenly Pavane
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder
2:22
1.21
Scene IX. Epilogue (Largo sostenuto)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Hallé; Sir Mark Elder
2:50
Total Playing Time    70:05
"What moved me most was the sense of craggy dignity conveyed by both symphonies. The playing – as usual with Elder’s Hallé – is outstanding, technically and expressively."
- BBC Music Magazine

The Hallé presents the latest release in their series of works by Vaughan Williams, with two landmark pieces which are pinnacles of the composer’s output - "Job" and "Songs of Travel". This release follows the hugely successful previous Vaughan Williams programmes from Sir Mark Elder and Hallé Orchestra, including "A Sea Symphony", "A London Symphony", and more.

Composed between 1901 and 1904, the Songs of Travel, settings of Robert Louis Stevenson for voice and piano (some orchestrated by the composer and some by composer and arranger Roy Douglas), proved a significant landmark in the emergence of Vaughan Willams’s personal voice. The work reflects the composer’s interest in folk song and is characterized by highly evocative orchestrations, ardent melodic lines, wide ranging expressions of emotion from joy to melancholy and highly effective word setting.

Winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1991 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Neal Davies has sung with the world’s leading orchestras, conductors and opera companies and received much critical praise for performances in concert, on stage and in recordings.

Ralph Vaughan Williams’s ‘masque for dancing’, Job, is one of his supreme achievements and was considered by Gustav Holst to be a masterpiece. Scored for large orchestra, the work was written between 1927 and 1930 and shows the composer’s imagination at its most vivid. Inspired by William Blake’s dramatic engravings, interpreting a Biblical narrative which examines human suffering in relation to a deity of justice, Vaughan Williams deploys traditional folk dances as a means of creating an idiomatic English dance style.
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