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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Songs of Travel / The House of Life (English Song, Vol. 14)


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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Songs of Travel / The House of Life (English Song, Vol. 14)

Although Vaughan Williams is best known as a symphonist and for large-scale choral works, the essence of his music can also be found in his songs, which demonstrate a peerless sensitivity to the beauty of the English language. Songs of Travel, composed in 1904 at a time when the composer’s personal voice was emerging, have been described as a “kind of English Winterreise”. Together with The House of Life, settings of six sonnets by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, they are the first to mark a significant advance from the Edwardian parlour song towards true English art song. Volume 3 of the Naxos English Song Series (8.557114) features Vaughan Williams’ famous Housman settings On Wenlock Edge.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Stevenson, Robert Louis, lyricist(s)

  Songs of Travel
1.   The Vagabond 00:03:24
2.   Let Beauty awake 00:01:57
3.   The Roadside Fire 00:02:17
4.   Youth and Love 00:03:34
5.   In Dreams 00:02:18
6.   The Infinite Shining Heavens 00:02:15
7.   Whither must I wander 00:04:14
8.   Bright is the ring of words 00:02:10
9.   I have trod the upward and the downward slope 00:01:54

Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, lyricist(s)

  The House of Life
10.   Love - sight 00:04:29
11.   Silent Noon 00:04:09
12.   Love’s Minstrels 00:05:21
13.   Heart’s Haven 00:03:46
14.   Death in Love 00:04:28
15.   Love’s Last Gift 00:04:15

Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Barnes, William, lyricist(s)

  Linden Lea
16.   Linden Lea 00:02:44

Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Shove, Fredegond, lyricist(s)

  4 Poems by Fredegond Shove
17.   Motion and Stillness 00:02:01
18.   Four Nights 00:03:33
19.   The New Ghost 00:05:15
20.   The Water Mill 00:03:04

Total Playing Time: 01:07:08

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Barnes, William; Rossetti, Dante Gabriel; Shove, Fredegond; Stevenson, Robert Louis

Burnside, Iain; Williams, Roderick

Label: Naxos

Series: English Song Series

Genre: Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557643

Barcode: 0747313264322

Physical Release: 10/2005

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