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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958) Le voyage d’Albion – Albion’s Journey


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Inclus 7 inédits et également des témoignages sonores des Vaugham William, de Howells, Tippett.



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The Robin’s Nest
Summum Bonum
Vaughan Williams talking about Parry
Three Vocal Valses: Winter
Three Impressions for Orchestra: Burley Heath
The Last Invocation
Three Nocturnes: I Smile O Voluptuous Cool-Breath’d Earth
Herbert Howells talking about RVW
Iphigenia in Tauris: O Fair the Fruits of Leto Blow
Eight Traditional English Carols: The Twelve Apostles
Vaughan Williams talking about Folk Song
A Farmer’s Boy
Dirge for Fidele
Roy Douglas talking about RVW
Wither’s Rocking Hymn
The Running Set
Suite for Viola and Pianoforte: Prelude
Songs from The Poisoned Kiss: Dear Love
Songs from The Poisoned Kiss: Love Breaks all Rules
The Bridal Day: Scene VI (extract)
Tippett talking about RVW
Four Last Songs: Procris
Vaughan Williams talking about Sibelius
Christian & Hopeful meet the Heavenly Hosts

On six spoken word tracks we hear the voices of Vaughan Williams himself, Herbert Howells, Michael Tippett and Roy Douglas. We learn something of the composer’s musical education, his views on folk song, his working methods, and the affection felt towards him by many of those who were close to him.  
The album begins with the first recording of The Robin’s Nest, which is the first piece known to have been written by Vaughan Williams, in his sixth year. Albion Records specialises in world-premiere recordings, mainly but not exclusively of works by Vaughan Williams, and many of these have been fairly early works. Despite that, this album features works written in the reign of every monarch from Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II, covering an 80-year span from 1878 to 1958.  
The previous compilation, issued in 2015, ALBCDSAMP Albion’s Vision, set out Albion’s early successes. This new release combines music with the spoken word to trace elements of the composer’s lifelong journey.  Just as Pilgrim (or Christian in Bunyan’s novel and the 1943 radio play) is travelling towards the Celestial City, Vaughan Williams, much influenced by Blake, was on his own journey, in search of a New Albion.  It concludes with the composer talking about the Pilgrim’s battle with Apollyon, followed by our 1943 recording of Christian’s passage through the waters, to be serenaded with Alleluias by the Heavenly Hosts.  
The cover is based on an unpublished photograph taken by Ursula Vaughan Williams on their honeymoon in 1953, on the shores of Lake Garda.