Vaughan Williams: Four Hymns

This page lists all recordings of Four Hymns, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC).

For tenor voice, with accompaniment of pianoforte and viola obbligato. Lord! Come Away (Bishop Jeremy Taylor); Who is this fair one? (Isaac Watts); Come love, come Lord (Crashaw); Evening Hymn (trans. from the Greek by Robert Bridges). Probably more familiar in the version with orchestral accompaniment as first performed.

Dedication: To J.S.W. (Sir Steuart Wilson).

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Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Toward the Unknown Region

Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Toward the Unknown Region


Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem

A Cantata for soprano and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra

Judith Howarth (soprano & Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)

Four Hymns

for tenor, viola and strings

John Mark Ainsley (tenor) & Matthew Souter (viola)

Toward The Unknown Region

O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)

Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)


Corydon Singers, Corydon Orchestra, Matthew Best

Hyperion - CDA66655

(CD)

$14.25

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The Solent

The Solent

Fifty years of music by Ralph Vaughan Williams


Vaughan Williams:

Three Impressions for Orchestra

world première recording

Songs of Travel (Book 1)

arranged for baritone and orchestra by the composer

Four Hymns

Weyhill Fair Song

Incidental Music to The Mayor of Casterbridge

world première recording

Prelude on an Old Carol Tune


Roland Wood (baritone), Andrew Kennedy (tenor) & Nicholas Bootiman (viola)

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Daniel

Vaughan Williams was just thirty when he composed The Solent in 1902 and eighty when he completed the Prelude on an Old Carol Tune in 1952. Over this astonishing period, a time of two World Wars and unprecedented social, economic and political change, Vaughan Williams’ music remained broadly consistent. What was remarkable, however, was the consistency of style – from the visionary melody that opens The Solent to the richly harmonised setting of the carol On Christmas Night the Joy-Bells Ring of 1952 – the music is recognisably Vaughan Williams.

The span of music presented here demonstrates two other elements of Vaughan Williams’ character. The first is his depth of literary understanding; the second element was his knowledge and love of the English countryside. He knew the New Forest well and often took holidays in the Salisbury area, near to Harnham Down and The Solent. The Three Impressions for Orchestra is recorded here for the first time as a world première recording.

Vaughan Williams was delighted when he was approached by the BBC to write incidental music for a new radio serial of The Mayor of Casterbridge to be broadcast on each Sunday for ten weeks starting 7 January, 1951 and finishing on 11 March, 1951. The script was by Desmond Hawkins (1908-99). Desmond Hawkins put it this way shortly before his death: ‘Of the Hardy plays I dramatized, The Mayor of Casterbridge was probably the outstanding success. It is, of course, superb material to re-create in dramatic form….To heighten the action we wanted especially composed music: the composer whose name sprang immediately to our minds was Vaughan Williams. The idea appealed to him and he wrote for us a magnificent score…’ The Mayor of Casterbridge recorded here is also a world première recording.

“Clearly impressed by the Three Impressions, the RLPO and Paul Daniel perform them excellently, and the other items also.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 ****

“A tremendously rewarding and consistently absorbing compendium, this, flawlessly performed under Paul Daniel's idiomatic direction, and beautifully engineered to boot. A mandatory acquisition for all RVW acolytes.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

Albion Records - ALBCD016

(CD)

$15.25

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Vaughan Williams & Warlock

Vaughan Williams & Warlock


Vaughan Williams:

Four Hymns

Merciless Beauty

The Water Mill

The New Ghost

Ten Blake Songs

On Wenlock Edge

Warlock:

Capriol Suite

Neville Dilkes

Serenade

The Curlew

Bethlehem Down

I saw a fair maiden

Balulalow

Where riches is everlastingly

The Shrouding of the Duchess of Malfi

The Lady's Birthday

Pretty Ring Time

Autumn Twilight

Captain Stratton's Fancy


“Classic 1970s recordings by the Partridge siblings, and such luminaries as Janet Craxton. On Wenlock Edge - chamber version - still sounds excellent, while the Warlock disc is distinctly special.” BBC Music Magazine, March 2010 *****

Warner Classics British Composers - 9689392

Download only from $12.00

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Vaughan Williams - Choral Works

Vaughan Williams - Choral Works

from CDA66420, CDA66655, CDA66511 & CDA66569


Vaughan Williams:

Serenade to Music

Elizabeth Connell (soprano), Amanda Roocroft (soprano), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Martyn Hill (tenor), Maldwyn Davies (tenor), Anne Dawson (soprano), Linda Kitchen (soprano), Alan Opie (baritone), Gwynne Howell (bass), Sir Thomas Allen (baritone), Sarah Walker (mezzo-soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzosoprano) & John Connell (bass)

English Chamber Orchestra

Fantasia on Christmas Carols

Thomas Allen (baritone)

English Chamber Orchestra

Flos Campi

Nobuko Imai (viola)

English Chamber Orchestra

Five Mystical Songs

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)

English Chamber Orchestra

Dona Nobis Pacem

A Cantata for soprano and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra

Judith Howarth (soprano) & Thomas Allen (baritone)

Corydon Orchestra

Four Hymns

for tenor, viola and strings

John Mark Ainsley (tenor) & Matthew Souter (viola)

Corydon Orchestra

O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)

Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Sir Thomas Allen (baritone)

The Pilgrim's Progress - A Bunyan Sequence

Text and music adapted by Christopher Palmer from the 1942 radio version of The Pilgrim's Progress.

Sir John Gielgud, Richard Pasco, Ursula Howells (speakers), Aidan Oliver (treble)

The City of London Sinfonia

A Song of Thanksgiving

Sir John Gielgud (speaker), Lynne Dawson (soprano) & John Scott (organ)

The London Oratory Junior Choir

Three Choral Hymns

Magnificat

Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano), Duke Dobing (flute) & Roger Judd (organ)

The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains

Bryn Terfel (baritone), Alan Opie (baritone), Adrian Thompson (tenor), Jonathan Best (bass), John Mark Ainsley (tenor) & Linda Kitchen (soprano)

The Hundredth Psalm 'O be joyful in the Lord'

Toward the Unknown Region


Issued to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Vaughan Williams’s death, this collection is tantalizing: it starts with one of the best-selling discs in the the catalogue, the Serenade to Music, and includes such favourites as the Five Mystical Songs and The Hundreth Psalm. There are also two intriguing pairings: in Dona nobis pacem, RVW warns of the impending doom of WWII, in A song of thanksgiving we hear his moving response to its successful conclusion; in The shepherds of the delectable mountains we hear an early working of Bunyan’s literary masterpiece, later extensively reworked in the landmark 1942 BBC radio production of The Pilgrim’s Progress featuring Sir John Gielgud and reprised here, this time in condensed form.

“The performances are splendid, graced by such soloists as Thomas Allen (Dona nobis pacem, Five Mystical Songs) and Bryn Terfel (The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains)..The rapturous Serenade to Music has a cast of 16 singers fit to rival those of the original recording. Anne Dawson’s top note on the word “music” is spine-tingling.” Sunday Times, 1st June 2008 ****

“Performances like these don’t come along very often; each one is an absolute winner, and with rich, atmospheric recording quality the satisfaction is of a very special quality” CD Review

“Best has a fine sense of VW as a dramatic composer, bringing tremendous urgency to Dona Nobis Pacem and real passion to the Five Mystical Songs. Best's Serenade to Music is the original, not least in matching the star quality of the singers, but also in its magical atmosphere. He equally evokes VW's sensuous side, not only in Flos Campi but also in the Magnificat with its ecstatic writing for female voices.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2008 *****

“Matthew Best and the Corydon Singers have made something of a speciality of English choral music, and this four-CD box-set showcases their beautiful sound and consummate musicality. They're mostly smaller-scale works, though Dona Nobis Pacem features, and there are some less well-known items such as the Song of Thanksgiving - which in the Corydon Singers' capable hands are just as appealing as the established favourites.” David Smith, Presto Classical, June 2014

Presto Disc of the Week

14th July 2008

Hyperion - CDS44321/4

(CD - 4 discs)

$22.75

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