Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958):
Songs of Travel (for tenor and piano)
Four Hymns (for tenor, piano, and viola obbligato)
Six Studies in English Folk Song (for viola and piano)
Rhosymedre (for tenor, viola, and piano) (arr. R. Morrison)
Romance (for viola and piano)
Orpheus with his Lute (for tenor and piano)
The Sky above the Roof (for tenor and piano)
The Winter’s Willow (for tenor and piano)
Silent Noon (for tenor and piano)
James Gilchrist, Tenor, Philip Dukes, Viola, Anna Tilbrook, Piano
Chandos 10969 @ £11*
Having previously recorded British repertoire on Chandos, James Gilchrist joins the pianist Anna Tilbrook nine years after their previous recording, in a lyrical journey through some of Vaughan Williams’s best songs and rarely heard chamber works. They are joined by Philip Dukes, ‘Great Britain’s most outstanding viola player’, according to The Times.
This album captures the composer’s love for both the voice and the viola, bringing together five works for tenor and piano, two for tenor, viola, and piano, and two works for viola and piano alone. Central to the recording is the fresh, invigorating, and at times reflective cycle Songs of Travel, composed between 1901 and 1904, of special interest is also an arrangement of ‘Rhosymedre’ by the chief music critic of The Times, Richard Morrison, recorded here for the first time and performed by the same forces who gave the premiere of the arrangement in St John’s Smith Square in 2016, to critical acclaim.
Chandos Records CHAN1096
* plus P&P