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 One, Rondel, from which the title is gained, is unpublished and unrecorded; it is serenely beautiful and is as it was written when the composer was only 22.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