Vaughan Williams: Orpheus With His Lute

This page lists all recordings of Orpheus With His Lute, by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) on CD & download (MP3 & FLAC). Generally, more recent releases are listed first, but with priority given to those that are in stock.

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The Essential Vaughan Williams

The Essential Vaughan Williams


Vaughan Williams:

The Lark Ascending

Hugh Bean (violin)

New Philharmonia Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Linden Lea

words by William Barnes)

Dame Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano) & Gerald Moore (piano)

Fantasia on Greensleeves

Sinfonia of London, Sir John Barbirolli

Silent Noon

Ian Bostridge (tenor) & Julius Drake (piano)

English Folk Song Suite

(orch. Gordon Jacob)

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

The Vagabond (from Songs of Travel)

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor) & David Willison (piano)

Serenade to Music

(original version with 16 soloists)

Norma Burrowes, Sheila Armstrong, Susan Longfield, Marie Hayward (soprano), Alfreda Hodgson, Gloria Jennings, Shirley Minty, Meriel Dickinson (contralto), Ian Partridge, Bernard Dickerson, Wynford Evans, Kenneth Bowen (tenor), Richard Angas, John Carol Case, John Noble & Christopher Keyte (bass)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Prelude on 'Rhosymedre'

Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Sir Neville Marriner

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Sinfonia of London, Sir John Barbirolli

The Wasps Overture

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Loch Lomond

Ian Partridge (tenor)

London Madrigal Singers, Christopher Bishop

Ca' the Yowes

Ian Partridge (tenor)

London Madrigal Singers, Christopher Bishop

Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus'

Jacques Orchestra, Sir David Willcocks

O Taste and See

James Lancelot (organ) & Ivan Sharpe (treble)

Winchester Cathedral Choir, Martin Neary

Bushes and Briars

Baccholian Singers of London

Wassail Song

Baccholian Singers of London

For all the saints (Sine nomine)

John Scott Whiteley (organ)

York Minster Choir, Philip Moore

The truth sent from above

Choir of King's College, Cambridge, David Willcocks

Little town of Bethlehem (Forest Green)

The Lamb

Ian Partridge (tenor) & Janet Craxton (oboe)

Scherzo from Symphony No. 7 'Sinfonia antartica'

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

Orpheus With His Lute

(first setting)

David Daniels (countertenor) & Martin Katz (piano)

Mass in G minor – Kyrie

John Eaton (treble), Nigel Perrin (alto), Robin Doveton (tenor) & David van Asch (bass)

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks

The blessed Son of God

Bach Choir, Sir David Willcocks

Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)

(trans. R. F. Littledale – v.4 arr. Williamson)

Thomas Williamson (organ)

The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune 'All people that on earth do dwell'

(William Kethe – Louis Bourgeois arr. RVW; version for brass ensemble and organ by Roy Douglas)

Benjamin Bayl (organ)

Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury


EMI - 2079922

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Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony

Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony

& other works


Vaughan Williams:

Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony'

1920 version

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Sound sleep

Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Mary Bevan (soprano), Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Orpheus With His Lute

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Variations for Brass Band

Royal College of Music Brass Band


Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony (the composer’s favourite of the nine) makes a rare appearance in its 1920 first publication. Three lesser-known works complete a highly desirable programme, while Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra understand how this music should be played like few others. This is mandatory listening.

Released or re-released in last 6 months

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Mystical Songs – Choral Music Of Vaughan Williams

Mystical Songs – Choral Music Of Vaughan Williams


trad.:

Bushes and Briars

Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble

Vaughan Williams:

O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)

Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble

O Taste and See

Siobhan Stagg (soprano)

Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble

Five Mystical Songs

Michael Leighton Jones (baritone)

TinAlley String Quartet

Loch Lomond

Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble

Orpheus With His Lute

Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble

Silent Noon

Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble

Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble

Mass in G minor

Timothy Reynolds (tenor), Julien Robinson (baritone), Peter Campbell (alto), Kristy Biber (soprano)

Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble

O how amiable

Australian Chamber Brass Ensemble


Jonathan Bradley (organ)

Choir Of Trinity College University Of Melbourne, Michael Leighton Jones

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I Heard You Singing

I Heard You Singing

English Songs


Coates, E:

Betty and Johnny

Bird Songs at Eventide

I heard you singing

Tell me where is Fancy Bred

Dunhill:

The Cloths of Heaven, Op. 30/3

Elgar:

Pleading, Op. 48 No. 1

German:

Orpheus with his lute

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Herbert, V:

To Daffodils

Lehmann, L:

Ah, moon of my delight

Henry King

If I built a world for you

Liddle, S:

How lovely are Thy dwellings

Sanderson, W:

Until

Stanford:

A soft day

Sullivan, A:

The Lost Chord

trad.:

The stuttering lovers

arr. Hughes

Vaughan Williams:

Orpheus With His Lute

Whipp:

Woo her gently

Woodforde-Finden:

Till I wake

Kashmiri Song


Ben Johnson (tenor), James Baillieu (piano)

Audience Prize-winner at BBC Cardiff Singer of the World (2013), accomplished young English tenor Ben Johnson lends his dulcet tones to a programme featuring a bouquet of ballads from the British Isles. This song form enjoyed extraordinary popularity in private homes throughout the Victorian, Edwardian and Modern eras, inspiring generations of talented composers – men and women – to marry words and music in a delightful variety of styles. Presenting the major singers of today and the stars of tomorrow, the Rosenblatt Recitals are London's only world-class season of opera recitals.

“Johnson's full, lustrous tone and floating higher notes, decidedly unlike today's typical 'English' tenor, suit this repertoire well. With James Baillieu's strong if unobtrusive support, he sings with expressive sincerity and restrained elegance, avoiding camp even where cheesy sentimentality lurks” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 ****

“Accompanied with ideal presence by James Baillieu, Johnson displays an easy mastery of the genre, pointing the words in a way that is touching without sounding arty. If the prospect of so many ballads in a row seems forbidding, do not despair. Johnson's choice of songs keeps an eye out for variety...The talent scouts at Rosenblatt Recitals are not losing their touch.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“Tenor Ben Johnson, light-voiced and lyrical, with high notes to make you swoon, and pianist James Baillieu, alert and responsive, are ideal duo partners on this Rosenblatt Recital disc of late Victorian and Edwardian ballads…these songs may veer towards the sentimental but they capture a mood and a moment” The Guardian, 10th January 2016 ****

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Susan Chilcott: The Shining River

Susan Chilcott: The Shining River


Argento:

Winter

Berlioz:

Cléopâtre - Scène lyrique, H36

Britten:

Calypso (from Cabaret Songs)

Copland:

Old American Songs, Sets 1 & 2

Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson

The Little Horses

Strauss, R:

Wie erkenn' ich mein Treulich vor andern nun?, Op. 67, No. 1

Vaughan Williams:

Orpheus With His Lute


Susan Chilcott (soprano) & Iain Burnside (piano)

Until her untimely death in 2003, Susan Chilcott was placed among the outstanding lyric sopranos of her generation, one whose captivating stage presence, dramatic vitality and vocal poetry created memorable portrayals of heroines in Verdi, Janácek and Britten, among others. Her last recording was of songs by Copland, acclaimed at the time of its first release for her 'commanding authority' and 'youthful vitality' (Gramophone). This recital is now complemented by a range of Shakespeare-inspired songs from Berlioz to Dominick Argento, never previously released.

“her strong, supple voice [is] packed with beauty, character and potential...Scratch away the loss and grief - a difficult job - and what you hear is a performance of fierce intelligence and wit, a voice that takes flight gloriously...It is also a recital in which Burnside, often reserved in his expression, shines” BBC Music Magazine, December 2013 *****

“her performances of Copland at his folksiest feel perfectly idiomatic, and without the starchiness one still hears from some American singers. As much as she enjoys the text, she uses her full operatic voice without any gimmicky tone manipulation...Even those who are only now catching up with Chilcott's art will know what the fuss was about.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2013

“Even after chemotherapy, her voice sounds youthful and radiant, and her artistry in Strauss’s and Berlioz’s melancholic Ophelia Songs, in the joie de vivre of Britten’s Auden setting, Calypso, and in the sublime simplicity of Vaughan Williams’s Orpheus with His Lute, is at its peak.” Sunday Times, 20th October 2013

“both recordings capture the blaze in her tone and the fire in her soul that made her so special. Copland's 12 Poems of Emily Dickinson and Ophelia songs by Strauss and Berlioz are reminders of the unflinching way in which she could confront the darker recesses of the human psyche.” The Guardian, 19th September 2013 *****

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Sounds, Sweet Airs and the Art of Longing

Sounds, Sweet Airs and the Art of Longing


Corbetta:

Prelud

Dowland:

Mr Dowland's Midnight

Lanier:

No more shall meads be deck'd with flow'rs (Love's constancy)

Weep no more my wearied eyes

Lawes, H:

Bid me but live, and I will live

Slide soft, you silver floods

Wert thou yet fairer than thou art

Transcendent Beauty

Purcell:

An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193

Taylor, J:

Tell me not that I die or live by thee

Torget:

Divine

Oh, dream where art thou now?

Diving

Lullaby

Vaughan Williams:

Orpheus With His Lute

Let Beauty awake

Take, O Take Those Lips Away (No. 1 from Three Songs from Shakespeare)

The Sky above the Roof

A Clear Midnight


Elisabeth Holmertz (soprano), Frederik Bock (lute), Poul Hoxbro (low whistle)

Many composers have been reluctant to set Shakespeare’s words to text, but Vaughan Williams remained undaunted, using his words many times in his compositions. This disc includes RVW’s ‘Orpheus with his lute’ and many other songs of longing of the early baroque. Performed by Swedish soprano Elisabeth Holmertz, the duo of Holmertz and Bock accompany her, along with Poul Hoxbro on low whistle.

“Holmertz brings a rustic folk-sensibility to her devliery, which works best when echoed in the intricate ornaments and husky vibrato of Hoxbro's whistle.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2013

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Summertime

Summertime


Arne:

Where the Bee Sucks

Barber:

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

The Monk and His Cat (No. 8 from Hermit Songs)

Berlioz:

L'Île inconnue (from Les Nuits d'été)

Villanelle (from Les nuits d'été, Op. 7)

Bernstein:

My House (from Peter Pan)

Brahms:

Meine Liebe ist grün, Op. 63 No. 5

Bridge:

Go Not, Happy Day

Delius:

To Daffodils

Elgar:

The Shepherd's Song

Fauré:

Clair de Lune, Op. 46 No. 2

Soir Op. 83 No. 2

Notre amour Op. 23 No. 2

Fraser-Simson:

Vespers

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Head, M:

The Little Road to Bethlehem

Ireland:

The Trellis

Lehmann, L:

Ah, moon of my delight

Porter, C:

The Tale of the Oyster

Quilter:

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

Who is Sylvia

Love's Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 (Shelley)

Rutter:

The Lord bless you and keep you

Schubert:

Auf dem Wasser zu singen, D774

Schumann:

Der Nussbaum, Op. 25 No. 3

trad.:

The Lark in the Clear Air

Vaughan Williams:

Orpheus With His Lute

Warlock:

Sleep

Wood, Haydn:

A brown bird singing


Felicity Lott (soprano) & Graham Johnson (piano)

Dame Felicity Lott, revered British soprano, says of this CD:

“ Summertime also has many of my favourite songs in English, French and German. We made the CD at a friend`s house, and the sessions were so relaxed, with no London traffic to cause endless retakes! It`s a real mix of beautiful songs of all kinds, on a summer theme. I chose songs I loved, from Gershwin to Christopher Robin….

Three centuries of song are represented here, and, as BBC Music Magazine's Hilary Finch put it “such is the skill of Johnson's programming that the entire recital seems to be a single, sustained exhalation of rapture and reflection”

She went on to say:

The upper reaches of Lott's still gleaming soprano inhabit Barber's 'Shining Night' and Fauré's Clair de lune'. And her robust English version of Schubert's 'Who is Sylvia?' finds an irresistible companion in Arne's 'Where the Bee Sucks', with its veritable midsummer night's dream of an accompaniment from Johnson. The artists' palpable sense of joy and well-being gathers momentum as they visit Berlioz's 'L'île inconnue' and as they sing on the water with Schubert. . . . And Lott and Johnson know well that the only way to face sentiment is to acknowledge its own integrity, as they do when they listen to Haydn Wood's 'Little Brown Bird' and eavesdrop with Fraser-Simson on Christopher Robin saying his prayers.

This CD features songs from a great variety of composers - Gershwin, Barber, Cole Porter, Bernstein, Brahms, Schubert, Arne, Schumann, Berlioz, and many more. A full 29 tracks of summer-themed songs!

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Kissing Her Hair

Kissing Her Hair

Twenty Early Songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams


Vaughan Williams:

To daffodils

Rondel

How can the tree but wither?

Claribel

Linden Lea

Blackmwore by the Stour

Boy Johnny

If I were a Queen

Tears, idle tears

Orpheus With His Lute

When I am dead, my dearest

The Winter’s Willow

Two French folk songs

The splendour falls

Dreamland

The Sky above the Roof

Three Poems by Walt Whitman


Sarah Fox (soprano), Andrew Staples (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone) & Iain Burnside (piano)

This is the second 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.

The disc again boasts the talents of Iain Burnside, Roderick Williams, Sarah Fox and Andrew Staples.

This second disc Kissing Her Hair, is a collection of early Vaughan Williams songs. One, Rondel, from which the title is gained, is unpublished and unrecorded; it is serenely beautiful and is as it was written when the composer was only 22. It will change perceptions of the quality of music Vaughan Williams was composing at this early age. This CD was released to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the composer. The picture on the cover is that of Ralph Vaughan William’s first wife Adeline

“Roderick Williams… is entrusted with all but five of these 20 songs - and a sterling job he does, too, with intelligent word-pointing and the voice sonorous, firmly focused and evenly controlled. Iain Burnside provides immaculate support.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2008

Albion Records - ALBCD002

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A Garland of the Elizabethan

A Garland of the Elizabethan

Five centuries of madrigals, glees & partsongs with Elizabethan lyrics


Bennet:

All creatures now are merry-minded

Weep, O Mine Eyes

Farmer:

A little pretty bonny lass

Fair Phyllis I saw

Gounod:

My true love

Horsley, W:

Slow fresh fount

Pantcheff:

Dear if you change

Hey nonny no!

Beauty is but a painted hell

O stay, sweet love

Shall I come, sweet love

Poulenc:

Fancy

Schubert:

Ständchen 'Horch! Horch! die Lerch!', D889

An Sylvia, D891

Shield, W:

Poor Barbara

Stevens, R J S:

Ye spotted snakes

Doubt that the stars

trad.:

Drink to me only with thine eyes

Vaughan Williams:

Orpheus With His Lute

Walton:

As You Like It: Under the greenwood tree

Weelkes:

Since Robin Hood

Wilbye:

Lady when I behold

Adieu, sweet Amaryllis


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A Treasury of English Song

A Treasury of English Song

A selection of songs from the Hyperion catalogue.


Bantock:

Song to the Seals

Bridge:

Go Not, Happy Day

Britten:

Fish in the Unruffled Lakes (No. 4 from Fish in the Unruffled Lakes)

The Choirmaster's Burial (No. 5 from Winter Words)

Browne, W D:

To Gratiana dancing and singing

Butterworth, G:

The lads in their hundreds

Finzi:

To Lizbie Browne

June on Castle Hill

Gibbs, C A:

Five Eyes

Ann's Cradle Song

Gurney:

Down by the Salley Gardens

I will go with my father a-ploughing

Ha'nacker Mill

Under the greenwood tree

Ireland:

Sea Fever

I have twelve oxen

Lehmann, L:

Charles Augustus Fortescue

Lloyd Webber, W:

The Call of the Morning

Milford:

If it's ever spring again

Parry:

Armida's Garden

Quilter:

Come away, death

Now sleeps the crimson petal, Op. 3 No. 2 (Tennyson)

Somervell:

Come into the garden, Maud

Stanford:

From the red rose

A soft day

Blackberry time

The rain it raineth every day

Vaughan Williams:

Orpheus with his lute

Let Beauty awake

Warlock:

As ever I saw

Yarmouth Fair

My own country


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