Vaughan Williams: Serenade - 150th Birthday Collection for Voices, Keyboards & Band
We celebrate the 150th birthday of Ralph Vaughan Williams, on Wednesday 12 October 2022, with this unique compilation album. The booklet suggests that 12 October is a good day for a party – despite which the collection includes a number of premiere recordings and is wholly serious in intent. The album takes its name from Serenade to Music, transcribed here for organ by David Briggs and recorded on the Willis organ of Truro Cathedral. David also gives us quite an astonishing transformation of the March Past of the Kitchen Utensils from The Wasps. We hear premiere recordings of a Flourish for Three Trumpets and Four 'Cambridge' Flourishes for Four Trumpets, played by members of Tredegar Town Band, and we hear the whole band later in an arrangement of Two Carols made by Paul Hindmarsh using Vaughan Williams’s harmonies.
There are three folk songs from Albion’s Complete Folk Songs series – but these are new recordings for this album, each of the three soloists singing a folk song previously recorded by one of the others. Lynn Arnold and Charles Matthews reprise the early Suite for Four Hands on One Pianoforte, with the original version of the Minuet. Charles Matthews goes on to play organ arrangements of three works by Vaughan Williams. We conclude with a hymn tune that Vaughan Williams named after his cousin and best man, Ralph Wedgwood, known to his friends as Randolph – set to words that Vaughan Williams salvaged from a Moody and Sankey hymn: God be with you till we meet again.
Release Date: October 14, 2022
Catalog Number: ALBCD053
Number of Discs: 1
Period: 20th Century
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor: Peter Dijkstra
Orchestra/Ensemble: Tredegar Town Band, Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea
Performer: David Briggs, Mary Bevan, Nicky Spence, Roderick Williams, William Vann, Lynn Arnold, Charles Matthews