Vaughan Williams: Richard II, Incidental Music, Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes, Suite de Ballet for flute & Piano, Songs of Travel
Nadege Rochat (cello), Anna Noakes (flute), Roderick Williams (baritone), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates
Dutton CDLX 7359 @ £13.75 + P&P
About the CD … Dutton Epoch is thrilled to present celebrated baritone Roderick Williams in the complete orchestral version of Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel. Recorded at the Caird Hall, Dundee, in one remarkable session, everyone present was gripped by the music’s eloquence and impact. Written between the Fifth and Sixth Symphonies, Vaughan Williams’s incidental music for a BBC wartime production of Shakespeare’s Richard II was delivered by the composer in 1944, but went unheard when the production was aborted. This world premiere recording of RVW’s score reveals the composer at the peak of his powers. The Fantasia on Sussex Folk Tunes for cello and orchestra was written for Pablo Casals, and here, in cellist Nadège Rochat’s singing performance, the tunes appear as a succession of musical jewels. The short Suite de Ballet for flute and piano can now be heard in composer Roger Steptoe’s idiomatic 1989 orchestration for flute and strings. Flautist Anna Noakes projects the flute line with fine tone and the strings of the RSNO provide a sumptuous context.