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Vaughan Williams: Fair Child of Beauty: The Bridal Day - Epithalamion

John Hopkins, Philip Smith, Joyful Company of Singers, Britten Sinfonia, Alan Tongue

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The Bridal Day  
1
Scene I: Andante con moto - Allegretto
Ralph Vaughan Williams; John Hopkins; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
4:04
2
Scene II: Allegretto - Largamente
Ralph Vaughan Williams; John Hopkins; Philip Smith; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
3:18
3
Scene III: Allegro moderato - Andante maestoso - Allegro vivace
Ralph Vaughan Williams; John Hopkins; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
11:08
4
Scene IV: Moderato - Allegro - Lento
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
3:21
5
Scene V: Allegro - Lento - Andante con moto
Ralph Vaughan Williams; John Hopkins; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
7:04
6
Scene VI: Andante sostenuto
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Philip Smith; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
6:15
7
Scene VII: Andante sostenuto
Ralph Vaughan Williams; John Hopkins; Philip Smith; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
4:23
8
Scene VIII: Allegretto
Ralph Vaughan Williams; John Hopkins; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
1:55
9
Scene IX: Lento
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
4:02
10
Scene X: Molto adagio
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
2:17
11
Scene XI: Andante maestoso
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
2:36
Epithalamion  
1
Prologue
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
3:37
2
Wake Now
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Philip Smith; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
3:09
3
The Calling of the Bride
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
1:54
4
The Minstrels
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
1:37
5
Procession of the Bride
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
2:16
6
The Temple Gates
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
4:07
7
The Bell-Ringers
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
1:38
8
The Lover's Song
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Philip Smith; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
6:42
9
The Minstrel's Song
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Philip Smith; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
4:05
10
Song of the Winged Loves
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
1:12
11
Prayer to Juno
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Philip Smith; Joyful Company of Singers; Britten Sinfonia; Alan Tongue
4:41
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    1:25:21
The Joyful Company of Singers and the Britten Sinfonia team up on this double album featuring two versions of the same material: the premiere recording of the masque The Bridal Day, written in 1938 by poet Ursula Wood and Ralph Vaughan Williams, is paired with the 1957 cantata Epithalamion setting texts by Edmund Spenser. Joining the ensembles are baritone Philip Smith and John Hopkins in the role of speaker in The Bridal Day.
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM –  Albion Studio Masters

Recorded at Henry Wood Hall, London on 15 – 16 June, 2015
Producer: Andrew Walton of K & A Productions
Engineer: Mike Clements of K & A Productions
Cover image: Ursula Wood in 1938
Booklet Notes: Stephen Connock
Chairman and Executive Producer: Stephen Connock MBE
Managing Director: John Francis
A & R Manager: Charles Padley
Fulfilment: Mark and Sue Hammett

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