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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Folk Songs, Vol. 2

Nicky Spence, William Vann, Roderick Williams, Mary Bevan, Thomas Gould

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9 English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachian Mountains (Ed. C. Sharp)  
1.1
No. 1, The Rich Old Lady
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Nicky Spence; William Vann
1:54
1.2
No. 2, The Tree in the Wood
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roderick Williams; William Vann
2:34
1.3
No. 3, Lord Thomas and Fair Ellinor
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roderick Williams; William Vann
4:03
1.4
No. 4, The Lovers' Tasks
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; Nicky Spence; William Vann
3:18
1.5
No. 5, John Randolph
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; Nicky Spence; William Vann
4:20
1.6
No. 6, Fair Margaret and Sweet William
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; William Vann
4:42
1.7
No. 7, Barbara Ellen
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roderick Williams; William Vann
4:34
1.8
No. 8, The House Carpenter
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; William Vann
5:35
1.9
No. 9, The Twelve Apostles
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Nicky Spence; Roderick Williams; William Vann
3:01
2 English Folksongs  
1.10
No. 1, Searching for Lambs
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Nicky Spence; Thomas Gould
3:30
1.11
No. 2, The Lawyer
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Nicky Spence; Thomas Gould
1:49
A Selection of Collected Folk Songs, Vol. 1 (Excerpts Ed. C. Sharp)  
1.12
No. 8, Down by the Riverside
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roderick Williams; William Vann
1:27
1.13
No. 12, I Will Give My Love an Apple
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; William Vann
1:24
1.14
No. 22, The Carter
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Nicky Spence; William Vann
1:47
1.15
No. 31, The Painful Plow
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Roderick Williams; William Vann
3:49
1.16
No. 15, My Boy Billy
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; William Vann
2:03
1.17
No. 26, The Fox
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Nicky Spence; William Vann
1:02
1.18
No. 25, The Female Highwayman
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; William Vann
2:40
1.19
No. 9, Farmyard Song
Ralph Vaughan Williams; Mary Bevan; Nicky Spence; William Vann
2:41
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    56:13
This is the second in a series of four albums recording all 80 of the folk songs in English that Ralph Vaughan Williams arranged for voice and piano or violin. 57 of the 80 songs have not previously been recorded in these arrangements. This second volume has 19 tracks including 15 world premières. It includes Folk Songs collected from the Southern Appalachian Mountains by Maud Karpeles and Cecil Sharp in 1916-1918, arranged by Vaughan Williams with piano accompaniment in about 1938. Additionally, there are two English Folk Songs for Voice and Violin. A miscellany of English folk songs includes ‘I Will Give my Love an Apple’ and concludes with a ‘Farmyard Song’ which is difficult to perform without collapsing in laughter. Once again, though Vaughan Williams is well known as a collector of folk songs, his own collection by no means predominates. Opera singer Nicky Spence is one of Scotland’s proudest sons and his unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty of his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the classical music profession. Roderick Williams is one of this country’s most sought after baritones and is constantly in demand, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premières. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the Year award. British violinist Thomas Gould has been described by the Evening Standard as one of the most talented and charismatic British violinists of the younger generation. A multiple-prize winning and critically acclaimed conductor and accompanist, William Vann is equally at home on the podium or at the piano and is the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival.
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