This is the fourth disc from Albion Records which is part of the Vaughan Williams Society.
Albion Records Ltd, a not-for-profit record label, is dedicated to recording rare 20th century English classical music, concentrating on Ralph Vaughan Williams. The label is a subsidiary of the Ralph Vaughan Williams Society and each of the CDs will contain world première recordings.
These vocal works were composed from 1895 and 1954 showing Vaughan Williams lifelong affection for the human voice.
Performed by the award winning Joyful Company of Singers, under Peter Broadbent, one of Europe’s leading Chamber Choirs
Recorded in the approximate order of composition this recording shows how much Vaughan Williams adapted his style over about sixty years.
“Technically secure and tonally rounded, the Joyful Company of Singers live up to their name throughout, but without ever sliding into over-characterisation. Well balanced, atmospheric recordings complete the experience.”
“The performances perhaps take a little time to hit full stride - and Broadbent's hard-working group aren't always a match for Brewer's in terms of characterful word-pointing, technical pose and secure tuning - but this remains an eminently appealing hour's worth of off-the-beaten-track VW, very nicely masterminded by producer/engineer Michael Ponder, and featuring some extensive and helpful annotation by Stephen Connock.”
Click on any of the works listed above for alternative recordings.