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Music in the Heart

A commemorative Album marking the 50th anniversary of
the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams on 26th August 1958.

Vaughan Williams may not have had a conventional conducting technique but he achieved remarkable results. Now for the first time we can hear the gorgeous Serenade to Music conducted by the composer from a performance in 1951. It is a deeply expressive and romantic interpretation, using eleven of the singers involved in the original 1938 performance.

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CRITICAL REVIEWS

An immensely spirited live recording of the cantata ‘The Pilgrim’s Journey‘… eloquently given here in its alternative guise with organ accompaniment
Gramophone
November 2008

The exquisite centrepiece here is Vaughan Williams’ own performance of the‘Serenade to Music’ from 1951… the sense of freedom – as though the singers and players were floating around the beat rather than following it rigidly – is spellbinding
BBC Music Magazine
September 2008

The sound is sometimes a little congested but it is very listenable if you have any extensive experience of archive recordings … an invigorating performance. This music and performance are truly reflective of the authentic RVW spirit – that intensity of delight once described as ‘notable ecstasy’.
Rob Barnett
Musicweb International

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TRACK LISTING AND ARTISTS

CD 1
SERENADE TO MUSIC
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Ralph Vaughan Williams
conductor
(Recorded live at the Royal Concert on 22 November 1951 in the Royal Festival Hall, London)

THE PILGRIM’S JOURNEY (arranged by Roy Douglas)
Louis Bové (soprano), Clifford Scott (tenor), John Peck (baritone), Arnold Ostlund Jr. (organ)
Plymouth Choir
Henry Pfohl

(Recorded live in the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims on Sunday 4 April 1965)

CD 2
THE TEACHINGS OF STANFORD AND PARRY – A talk by RVW
(edited from a broadcast on 17 November 1955)

EXCERPT FROM THE FUNERAL SERVICE of Ralph Vaughan Williams
(Westminster Abbey, Friday September 19th 1958 at 11.30am)

Catalogue Number: ALBCD009
Release Date: 01 July 2008

ARTISTS

CD 1
SERENADE TO MUSIC
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Ralph Vaughan Williams
conductor
(Recorded live at the Royal Concert on 22 November 1951 in the Royal Festival Hall, London)

THE PILGRIM’S JOURNEY (arranged by Roy Douglas)
Louis Bové (soprano), Clifford Scott (tenor), John Peck (baritone), Arnold Ostlund Jr. (organ)
Plymouth Choir
Henry Pfohl

(Recorded live in the Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims on Sunday 4 April 1965)

CD 2
THE TEACHINGS OF STANFORD AND PARRY – A talk by RVW
(edited from a broadcast on 17 November 1955)

EXCERPT FROM THE FUNERAL SERVICE of Ralph Vaughan Williams
(Westminster Abbey, Friday September 19th 1958 at 11.30am)

Catalogue Number: ALBCD009
Release Date: 01 July 2008

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