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Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge, Piano Quintet, etc / Mark Padmore, Schubert Ensemble

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : On Wenlock Edge, song cycle for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Quintet for violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano in C minor
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

'On Wenlock Edge' is a song cycle for tenor, piano and string quartet, published in 1909, setting six poems from A.E. Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad'. Although there have been a number of recordings of this song cycle recently, this disc features the remarkable voice of Mark Padmore and uniquely adds the early Piano Quintet in C minor, recently released for performance by the composer's widow and published in 2002, and also the 'Romance and Pastorale', two similarly early, brief lyric pieces for violin and piano published in 1923. The Quintet was written for piano, violin, viola, cello and double-bass - as was Schubert's 'Trout' Quintet. It is a wonderful early work, full of passion and melodic invention.

BBC Music Magazine
There's more to Padmore's performance: fine tone, a strong sense of pitch, crystal clear enunciation and a wonderful feeling for long lines.

Gramophone Magazine
Padmore is something special in Wenlock, while the Quintet is striking.

The Observer
Fifty years after his death, Vaughan Williams is accorded the affectionate respect he deserves in this version of his poignant rural song cycle by one of our finest dramatic tenors, Mark Padmore. AE Housman's words have rarely rung so clearly above the haunting accompaniment of piano and quartet, notably in the central song 'Is my team still ploughing?'

The Telegraph
It is hard not to see Vaughan Williams's On Wenlock Edge as the first great English song cycle, especially when its heart and soul come to the fore in performances such as this one. AE Housman's combination of folk-like innocence and knowing irony is powerfully conveyed in the singing of Mark Padmore.



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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : On Wenlock Edge, song cycle for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra)
  • Performers: Alison Dods (Violin); Mark Padmore
  • Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/25/2007-09/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Quintet for violin, viola, cello, double bass & piano in C minor
  • Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/25/2007-09/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Chamber Music
  • Written: 1903

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Pieces (2) for violin & piano
  • Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble of London
  • Notes: Potton Hall, Dunwich, Suffolk, England (09/25/2007-09/27/2007)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1912