Beyond My Dream: Music for Greek Plays
“Music of undeniable beauty.”
The Globe 25 May 1912
World premiere recording!
Alan Tongue transcribed the music from parts and scores in the British Library, realising some of it from short score. Albion Records is proud to present more than an hour of unknown but lovely music, from the early maturity of Vaughan Williams, now recorded for the first time.
… As he has done twice before for Albion, Tongue offers a compelling first impression of a previously unknown score. (His other premieres are of the Mass, and of the choral masque, The Bridal Day.) He shapes these scores brilliantly, with conviction and obvious affection, leading glowing performances by the Britten Sinfonia and the women of Peter Broadbent’s Joyful Company of Singers. The mezzo-soprano roles are taken by young artist Heather Lowe, in her debut recording. She is possessor of a voice of extraordinary depth and appealing color and has marvelous dramatic instincts.
Ronald E. Grames
I think anyone who hears just a couple of minutes of any of these scores will recognise VW as the composer, not least through the use of modal harmony and also, especially in the Iphigenia music, the influence of folk song.
It wouldn’t be right to describe these three scores as hidden masterpieces. That said, they contain a good deal of impressive and often beautiful music and they expand our knowledge of what VW was up to during a crucial phase of his developing maturity as a composer. As such, I can only recommend this disc very strongly to all admirers of the composer. That recommendation can be all the stronger thanks to the fine performances …
…This is an important release of hitherto unknown music by Vaughan Williams.
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Thou immaculate on high 11’47
1 Onward O labouring tread 11’47
2 for the ships of Troy 6’54
Iphigenia in Tauris
Realised from short score by Alan Tongue
1 Prelude 2’06
2 Dark of the sea 8’38
3 Bird of the sea rocks 9’08
4 Oh, fair the fruits of Leto blow 6’53
5 Go forth in bliss 3.06
CD1 total playing time: 62’44
Heather Lowe Mezzo Soprano
Joyful Company of Singers Music Director Peter Broadbent
Britten Sinfonia Leader Magnus Johnston
Alan Tongue Conductor