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Ralph Vaughan Williams
On Wenlock Edge


James Gilchrist tenor
Anna Tilbrook piano
Michael Cox flute
Gareth Hulse cor anglais
The Fitzwilliam String Quartet


CKD 296

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• Vaughan Williams, a tour de force of English song, set A.E. Housman's “On Wenlock Edge” following a visit with Ravel in Paris.   The French influence can be clearly heard in the distinctive piano quintet accompaniment - an innovation in English song.

• This is a premiere recording of Gurney's masterpiece “Ludlow & Teme” using the composer's revised and corrected version which, after studying with Vaughan Williams, he declared to be his favourite: “the alterations are simple (and striking).”

• Gilchrist has established a reputation as the leading figure in English song interpretation following his acclaimed debut recital album of Finzi songs and countless concert performances of works by Vaughan Williams, Britten and Purcell.

• James is in demand as a recitalist and chorus member, he is a regular voice on BBC Radio 3 and is a popular performer at the BBC Proms to which he returns on the 7th August 2007.

• James has recently performed with Collegium Vocale in Spain, Belgium and Germany, with the San Francisco and Detroit Symphony Orchestras, the Tonhalle Orchestra in Zürich, Bach Collegium Japan in Tokyo, the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra in Boston and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam.

• The Fitzwilliam Quartet and pianist Anna Tilbrook display their substantial talents as accompanists providing flawless support and enhancing Gilchrist's interpretation.
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
      On Wenlock Edge
  1. On Wenlock Edge     3.31
  2. From far, from eve and morning     2.04
  3. Is my team ploughing     3.49
  4. Oh, when I was in love with you     0.41
  5. Bredon Hill     7.34
  6. Clun     3.20

Peter Warlock (1894-1930)
  7. The Curlew     22.08
      He reproves the curlew
      The lover mourns for the loss of love
      The withering of the boughs
      He hears the cry of the sedge

Arthur Bliss (1891-1975)
  8. Elegiac Sonnet     7.36

Ivor Gurney (1890-1937)
      Ludlow & Teme
  9. When smoke stood up from Ludlow     3.04
10. Far in a western brookland     4.12
11. ‘Tis time I think     1.11
12. Ludlow Fair     2.17
13. On the idle hill of summer     2.58
14. When I was one and twenty     1.27
15. The Lent Lily     3.11

      Total Time : 69.34



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