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Nicky Spence|Ralph Vaughan Williams: Folk Songs, Vol. 2

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Folk Songs, Vol. 2

William Vann, Nicky Spence, Mary Bevan, Roderick Williams

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This is the second in a series of four albums recording all 80 of the folk songs in English that Ralph Vaughan Williams arranged for voice and piano or violin. 57 of the 80 songs have not previously been recorded in these arrangements.

This second album has 19 tracks including 15 world premieres. It includes Folk Songs collected from the Southern Appalachian Mountains by Maud Karpeles and Cecil Sharp in 1916-1918, arranged by Vaughan Williams with piano accompaniment in about 1938. Additionally, there are two English Folk Songs for Voice and Violin. A miscellany of English folk songs includes I Will Give my Love an Apple and concludes with a Farmyard Song which is difficult to perform without collapsing in laughter. Once again, though Vaughan Williams is well known as a collector of folk songs, his own collection by no means predominates.

Praised by Opera for her "dramatic wit and vocal control", British soprano Mary Bevan is internationally renowned in baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, and appears regularly with leading conductors, orchestras and ensembles around the world. Nicky Spence is one of Scotland's proudest sons and his unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty of his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the classical music profession. Roderick Williams is one of this country's most sought after baritones and is constantly in demand. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society's Singer of the Year award. Violinist Thomas Gould has fast established for himself a reputation as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music whilst also remaining dedicated to the core classical repertoire. A multiple-prize winning conductor and accompanist, William Vann is equally at home on the podium or at the piano and is the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival. © Albion Records

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9 English Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachian Mountains (Ed. C. Sharp) (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

1
No. 1, The Rich Old Lady
Nicky Spence
00:01:53

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Nicky Spence, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

2
No. 2, The Tree in the Wood
Roderick Williams
00:02:34

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

3
No. 3, Lord Thomas and Fair Ellinor
Roderick Williams
00:04:03

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

4
No. 4, The Lovers' Tasks
Mary Bevan
00:03:18

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Nicky Spence, Artist, MainArtist - Mary Bevan, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

5
No. 5, John Randolph
Mary Bevan
00:04:20

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Nicky Spence, Artist, MainArtist - Mary Bevan, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

6
No. 6, Fair Margaret and Sweet William
Mary Bevan
00:04:42

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mary Bevan, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

7
No. 7, Barbara Ellen
Roderick Williams
00:04:34

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

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8
No. 8, The House Carpenter
Mary Bevan
00:05:34

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mary Bevan, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

9
No. 9, The Twelve Apostles
Nicky Spence
00:03:05

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist - Nicky Spence, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

2 English Folksongs (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

10
No. 1, Searching for Lambs
Nicky Spence
00:03:30

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Nicky Spence, Artist, MainArtist - Thomas Gould, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

11
No. 2, The Lawyer
Nicky Spence
00:01:49

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Nicky Spence, Artist, MainArtist - Thomas Gould, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

A Selection of Collected Folk Songs, Vol. 1 (Excerpts Ed. C. Sharp) (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

12
No. 8, Down by the Riverside
Roderick Williams
00:01:27

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

13
No. 12, I Will Give My Love an Apple
Mary Bevan
00:01:23

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mary Bevan, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

14
No. 22, The Carter
Nicky Spence
00:01:47

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Nicky Spence, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

15
No. 31, The Painful Plow
Roderick Williams
00:03:48

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Roderick Williams, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

16
No. 15, My Boy Billy
Mary Bevan
00:02:03

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mary Bevan, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

17
No. 26, The Fox
Nicky Spence
00:01:02

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Nicky Spence, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

18
No. 25, The Female Highwayman
Mary Bevan
00:02:40

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mary Bevan, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

19
No. 9, Farmyard Song
Mary Bevan
00:02:41

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Nicky Spence, Artist, MainArtist - Mary Bevan, Artist, MainArtist - William Vann, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2021 Albion (P) 2021 Albion

Album Description

This is the second in a series of four albums recording all 80 of the folk songs in English that Ralph Vaughan Williams arranged for voice and piano or violin. 57 of the 80 songs have not previously been recorded in these arrangements.

This second album has 19 tracks including 15 world premieres. It includes Folk Songs collected from the Southern Appalachian Mountains by Maud Karpeles and Cecil Sharp in 1916-1918, arranged by Vaughan Williams with piano accompaniment in about 1938. Additionally, there are two English Folk Songs for Voice and Violin. A miscellany of English folk songs includes I Will Give my Love an Apple and concludes with a Farmyard Song which is difficult to perform without collapsing in laughter. Once again, though Vaughan Williams is well known as a collector of folk songs, his own collection by no means predominates.

Praised by Opera for her "dramatic wit and vocal control", British soprano Mary Bevan is internationally renowned in baroque, classical and contemporary repertoire, and appears regularly with leading conductors, orchestras and ensembles around the world. Nicky Spence is one of Scotland's proudest sons and his unique skills as a singing actor and the rare honesty of his musicianship are steadfastly earning him a place at the top of the classical music profession. Roderick Williams is one of this country's most sought after baritones and is constantly in demand. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society's Singer of the Year award. Violinist Thomas Gould has fast established for himself a reputation as one of Britain’s foremost interpreters of contemporary music whilst also remaining dedicated to the core classical repertoire. A multiple-prize winning conductor and accompanist, William Vann is equally at home on the podium or at the piano and is the founder and Artistic Director of the London English Song Festival. © Albion Records

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