Notes & Reviews:
The complete score of the music Ralph Vaughan Williams composed for a production of Aristophanes' comedy 'The Wasps' at Cambridge University in 1909, had not been heard until this 2005 recording, apart from a broadcast in 1972. It contains Vaughan Williams' quotations from other composers' works. Booklet notes include the complete text, including spoken and sung words.
There's abundant pleasure and intrigue to be had in spotting the folk tunes (both real and suggested), witty snatches of other composers (Debussy, Parry, Mendelssohn and Lehár) as well as frequent glimpses of greater achievements to come - witness the extended (21 minute) choral 'Parabasis' that concludes Act 2. I'm happy to report that Mark Elder and his combined Hallé forces (who have been most realistically captured by the microphones) enter the fray with customary polish and infectious gusto.
BBC Music Magazine
This recording has just about everything: robust comedy, sharp wit, sensuous delight, emotional uplift and food for thought all in one package.
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Works DetailsVaughan Williams, Ralph : The wasps
- Performers: Richard Suart (Baritone); Chris Wines (Voice)
- Conductor: Mark Elder
- Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
- Notes: Main Hall, Albert Halls, Bolton, England (07/26/2005-07/28/2005)
- Running Time: 76 min. 4 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1909