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Vaughan Williams: 'The Solent'

Magazine article Gramophone

Vaughan Williams: 'The Solent'

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Vaughan Williams

'The Solent'

Three Impressions. Songs of Travel--Book 1 (a).

Four Flymns (b). Weyhill Fair Song (a).

The Mayor of Casterbridge--incidental music.

Prelude on an Old Carol Tune

(b) Andrew Kennedy ten aRoland Wood bar

(b) Nicholas Bootiman va

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra / Paul Daniel

Albion [F] ALBCD016 (57' * DDD * T)

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First recording for RVW's 'The Solent' and Casterbridge score

Here's another enterprising haul from Albion Records devoted to rare gems from Vaughan Williams's output, none more fascinating than the world premiere recording of 'The Solent', one of Three Impressions for orchestra on this CD inspired by locations in and around the New Forest in Hampshire that the budding composer penned between 1902 and 1907. It's an extraordinarily assured and evocative 11-minute canvas containing a singularly haunting main idea for principal clarinet which RVW subsequently salvaged for use in both the first movement of A Sea Symphony (to the words 'And on its limitless, heaving breast') and, towards the end of his life, the second movement of the Ninth Symphony. …

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