Ralph Vaughan Williams: Folk Songs Vol. 2

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Roderick Williams (Baritone), Mary Bevan (Soprano), Thomas Gould (Violin), Nicky Spence (Tenor), William Vann (Piano)

Vaughan Williams: Folk song arrangements for voice and piano or violin

Folk Songs from the Southern Appalachian Mountains

No. 1, The Rich Old Lady

No. 2, The Tree in the Wood

No. 3, Lord Thomas and Fair Ellinor

No. 4, The Lovers’ Tasks

No. 5, John Randolph

No. 6, Fair Margaret and Sweet William

No. 7, Barbara Ellen

No. 8, The House Carpenter

No. 9, The Twelve Apostles

Nicky Spence (tenor), William Vann (piano), Roderick Williams (baritone), Mary Bevan (soprano)

English Folk Songs (2) for Voice and Violin /Nicky Spence (tenor), Thomas Gould (violin)

No. 1, Searching for Lambs

No. 2, The Lawyer

Collected Folk Songs Volume 1

No. 8, Down by the Riverside

No. 12, I Will Give My Love an Apple

No. 22, The Carter

No. 31, The Painful Plow

No. 15, My Boy Billy

No. 26, The Fox

No. 25, The Female Highwayman

No. 9, Farmyard Song

Roderick Williams (baritone), William Vann (piano), Mary Bevan (soprano), Nicky Spence (tenor)

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 premières. 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.

Simon Heffer wrote of Volume 1 (October 2020) in the Daily Telegraph: ‘Once the new collection is completed, it will be one of the finest monuments Vaughan Williams could have wanted, and a real jewel in the crown of the RVW Society.’ Gramophone Magazine described it as ‘an absolute must’ and The Times as ‘an absolute tonic and delight.’

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.

Opera singer 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, encompassing a repertoire from the baroque to world premières. In 2016 he won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s Singer of the Year award.

British violinist Thomas Gould has been described by the Evening Standard as one of the most talented and charismatic British violinists of the younger generation.

A multiple-prize winning and critically acclaimed 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.

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