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Heather Lowe|Vaughan Williams: Beyond My Dream – Music for Greek Plays

Vaughan Williams: Beyond My Dream – Music for Greek Plays

Alan Tongue, Britten Sinfonia, Joyful Company of Singers, Heather Lowe

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Incidental music for plays has largely fallen into historical eclipse, which is unfair, considering that it was the direct ancestor of the film soundtrack. All three of the works here are world premieres, brought forth by the British conductor Alan Tongue, who has delved into early Ralph Vaughan Williams manuscripts and emerged with interesting finds including a Cambridge Mass Vaughan Williams wrote as a doctoral thesis. Here you get music for three Greek plays, with spoken passages, songs, choruses, and instrumental music. Certainly the album is a must for Vaughan Williams fans and also for those of the American dancer Isadora Duncan, for whom some of this music was written (the productions involved never materialized). All the music is competent or better, but the highlight may be the final music for Iphigenia in Taurus, which existed only in short score and has been expertly realized here by Tongue. Sample the ecstatic "Go forth in bliss" finale for a strong dose of the mature Vaughan Williams. The exhaustive booklet notes by Tongue, covering Duncan's involvement, the stage tradition in which Vaughan Williams worked, and a dozen other matters, are another attraction, and the performances by the Britten Sinfonia and the Joyful Company of Singers are ideal.
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The Bacchae (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

1
Thou Immaculate on High
Heather Lowe
00:11:53

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joyful Company of Singers, Choir - Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra - Alan Tongue, Conductor - Heather Lowe, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Albion (P) 2018 Albion

Electra (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

2
Onward O Labouring Tread
Heather Lowe
00:13:53

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joyful Company of Singers, Choir - Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra - Alan Tongue, Conductor - Heather Lowe, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Albion (P) 2018 Albion

3
O for the Ships of Troy
Heather Lowe
00:06:59

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joyful Company of Singers, Choir - Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra - Alan Tongue, Conductor - Heather Lowe, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Albion (P) 2018 Albion

Iphigenia in Tauris (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

4
Prelude
Heather Lowe
00:02:06

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra - Alan Tongue, Conductor - Heather Lowe, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Albion (P) 2018 Albion

5
Dark of the Sea
Heather Lowe
00:08:39

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joyful Company of Singers, Choir - Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra - Alan Tongue, Conductor - Heather Lowe, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Albion (P) 2018 Albion

6
Bird of the Sea Rocks
Heather Lowe
00:09:10

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joyful Company of Singers, Choir - Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra - Alan Tongue, Conductor - Heather Lowe, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Albion (P) 2018 Albion

7
O, Fair the Fruits of Leto Blow
Heather Lowe
00:06:52

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joyful Company of Singers, Choir - Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra - Alan Tongue, Conductor - Heather Lowe, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2018 Albion (P) 2018 Albion

8
Go Forth in Bliss
Joyful Company of Singers
00:03:03

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Joyful Company of Singers, Choir, MainArtist - Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra - Alan Tongue, Conductor

(C) 2018 Albion (P) 2018 Albion

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Incidental music for plays has largely fallen into historical eclipse, which is unfair, considering that it was the direct ancestor of the film soundtrack. All three of the works here are world premieres, brought forth by the British conductor Alan Tongue, who has delved into early Ralph Vaughan Williams manuscripts and emerged with interesting finds including a Cambridge Mass Vaughan Williams wrote as a doctoral thesis. Here you get music for three Greek plays, with spoken passages, songs, choruses, and instrumental music. Certainly the album is a must for Vaughan Williams fans and also for those of the American dancer Isadora Duncan, for whom some of this music was written (the productions involved never materialized). All the music is competent or better, but the highlight may be the final music for Iphigenia in Taurus, which existed only in short score and has been expertly realized here by Tongue. Sample the ecstatic "Go forth in bliss" finale for a strong dose of the mature Vaughan Williams. The exhaustive booklet notes by Tongue, covering Duncan's involvement, the stage tradition in which Vaughan Williams worked, and a dozen other matters, are another attraction, and the performances by the Britten Sinfonia and the Joyful Company of Singers are ideal.
© TiVo

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