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Vaughan Williams: Fat Knight

Magazine article Gramophone

Vaughan Williams: Fat Knight

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Vaughan Williams

Fat Knight. Overture 'Henry V'.

Serenade to Music (orchestral version) (a)

(a) James Clark vn

Royal Scottish National Orchestra/Martin Yates

Dutton Epoch (F) [SACD] CDLX7328 (74' * DDD/DSD)

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No sooner had I greeted Lyrita's enterprising refurbishment of Stanford Robinson's 1956 BBC broadcast of RVW's Falstaff opera Sir John in Love (3/16) than along comes Martin Yates's sparkling orchestration of the composer's own sizeable two-piano arrangement of the same work. Cast in six movements and a finale, Fat Knight takes its name from the composer's provisional title for the opera and plays for around 53 minutes. The descriptive titles given to each movement were sanctioned by the RVW Trust and make it easier to follow the action. I was especially taken with the extended fourth movement entitled 'A field near Windsor' (which derives all its material from Act 3 scene 2 and includes the Entr'acte, the tune Greensleeves and finale) and agree with annotator Lewis Foreman that it could justifiably be programmed as a standalone item. …

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