Ralph Vaughan Williams: Folk Songs Vol. 3

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

Vaughan Williams: Folk songs from the Eastern Counties

Folk Songs from the Eastern Counties

No. 1, Bushes and Briars

No. 2, Tarry Trowsers

No. 3, A Bold Young Farmer

No. 4, The Lost Lady Found

No. 5, As I Walked Out

No. 6, The Lark in the Morning

No. 7, On Board a Ninety-Eight

No. 8, The Captain’s Apprentice

No. 9, Ward, the Pirate

No. 10, The Saucy Bold Robber

No. 11, The Bold Princess Royal

No. 12, The Lincolnshire Farmer

No. 13, The Sheffield Apprentice

No. 14, Geordie

No. 15, Harry, the Tailor

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

Traditional Country Dances (12) /William Vann (piano)

Penguin Book of English Folk Songs

No. 95, Salisbury Plain

No. 15, Banks of Green Willow

No. 18, The Basket of Eggs

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

The Motherland Song Book, Vol. 3

No. 8, We Be Three Poor Mariners

No. 1, The Arethusa

Roderick Williams (baritone), William Vann (piano), Helen Ashby, Kate Ashby, Cara Curran, Benedict Hymas, James Arthur, Nicholas Ashby

This is the third in a series of four albums recording all 81 (originally 80 but we turned up another one!) of the folk songs in English that Ralph Vaughan Williams arranged for voice and piano or violin. 57 songs have not previously been recorded in these arrangements.

This album has 21 tracks including 14 world premières. The principal collection (15 tracks) comprises folk songs collected by Vaughan Williams himself from ‘The Eastern Counties’ – primarily Essex, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire – and published by him in these arrangements in 1908. These are thus the earliest works in the series. Additionally, there are Twelve Traditional Country Dances arranged for Maud Karpeles in 1931 and songs from The Penguin Book of English Folk Songs and from The Motherland Song Book.

Robert Moore wrote of Volumes 1 and 2 in The American Record Guide: ‘These wonderful performances are everything I can imagine VW would have hoped for. When the project is completed, it will stand as one of the finest testaments to his life. The program notes give valuable background information about the songs and the process of recording them. Texts are included though the singers’ diction is so clear that they are hardly needed.’

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.

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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