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Stars of the Night: Songs and Violin Works by Ralph Vaughan Williams

Matthew Trusler, Roland Wood, Iain Burnside

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Songs of Travel  
1
No. 1. The Vagabond
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
3:23
2
No. 2. Let Beauty Awake
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
2:00
3
No. 3. The Roadside Fire
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
2:29
4
No. 4. Youth and Love
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
3:29
5
No. 5. In Dreams
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
2:22
6
No. 6. The Infinite Shining Heavens
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
1:50
7
No. 7. Whither Must I Wander?
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
3:40
8
No. 8. Bright Is the Ring of Words
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
1:41
9
No. 9. I Have Trod the Upward and the Downward Slope
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
2:02
Six Studies in English Folk Song  
10
No. 1. Lovely on the Water
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Matthew Trusler; Iain Burnside
1:41
11
No. 2. Spurn Point
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Matthew Trusler; Iain Burnside
1:13
12
No. 3. Van Dieman's Land
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Matthew Trusler; Iain Burnside
1:32
13
No. 4. She Borrowed Some of Her Mother's Gold
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Matthew Trusler; Iain Burnside
1:26
14
No. 5. The Lady and the Dragoon
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Matthew Trusler; Iain Burnside
1:25
15
No. 6. As I Walked over London Bridge
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Matthew Trusler; Iain Burnside
0:55
Seven Songs from the Pilgrim's Progress  
16
No. 1. Watchful's Song
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
6:14
17
No. 2. The Song of Pilgrims
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
1:51
18
No. 3. The Pilgrim's Psalm
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roland Wood; Iain Burnside
2:31
Violin Concerto in D Minor "Concerto accademico"  
19
I. Allegro pesante (arr. by Constant Lambert)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Matthew Trusler; Iain Burnside
5:29
20
II. Adagio (arr. by Constant Lambert)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Matthew Trusler; Iain Burnside
5:49
21
III. Presto (arr. by Constant Lambert)
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Matthew Trusler; Iain Burnside
4:38
22
The Lark Ascending
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Matthew Trusler; Iain Burnside
13:24
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    71:04
"Wood is a fine musical storyteller, articulating words and melodies with equal sensitivity and care ... the melodic architecture emerges clearly in Matthew Trusler's vital performance ... a treasure trove of a disc full of fresh insights and sideways glances at familiar repertoire."
- Gramophone

Stars of the Night highlights both Vaughan Williams's skill in setting English poetry and prose to music and his abiding love of the violin, which he described as his "musical salvation." Baritone Roland Wood, accompanied by pianist Iain Burnside, is featured on three songs from the PIlgrim's Progress, arranged by Williams for baritone and piano. For many Williams fans, the highlight of this programme will be his arrangement of the eternally-popular A Lark Ascending for violin and piano. Only the second recording in this format, young British violinist Matthew Trusler is the soloist, accompanied again by Burnside. They also perform the composer's beautiful Six Studies in English Folk Songs alongside the world premiere of the Concerto accademico for violin and piano.
44.1 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Albion Studio Masters

Recorded at Potton Hall in Suffolk on 29th and 30th March, 2013 (The Lark Ascending, Six Studies in English Folk Song and Violin Concerto in D minor) and 11th December, 2013 (Songs of Travel and Three Songs from Pilgrim’s Progress)
Executive Producer: Stephen Connock
A&R Manager: Charles Padley
Fulfilment: Mark and Sue Hammett
Booklet notes: Stephen Connock
Producer: Andrew Walton
Engineer: Mike Clements
Cover photo: Image of Stars over Trees from A Holy Experience (number 431152693)

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