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Kissing Her Hair: Twenty Early Songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : To Daffodils, song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Rondel ("Kissing her hair I sat against her feet"), for alto or baritone & piano (incomplete)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : How Can the Tree but Wither?, song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Claribel ("Where Claribel low-lieth"), song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Blackmwore [sic] by the Stour, folk song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Boy Johnny ("If you'll busk you as a bride"), song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : If I Were a Queen, song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Tears, Idle Tears, song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Orpheus with his lute
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : When I am dead, my dearest, song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Winter's Willow, song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Chanson de quête, folk song for voice & piano (May Day song)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : La Ballade de Jésus Christ, folk song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Splendour Falls, song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Dreamland ("Where sunless rivers weep"), song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Sky above the Roof, song for voice & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Poems by Walt Whitman (3), for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

Kissing Her Hair is a collection of early Vaughan Williams songs. One, "Rondel," from which the title is gained, is unpublished and this is its first recording. The song is serenely beautiful and is as it was written when the composer was only 22. Available for several years in the UK, this marks the debut US release for all but one of these exceptional discs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Potton Hall, Westleton, Suffolk, UK / Henry Wood Hall, (03/2007/05/2007).



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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : To Daffodils, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1895

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Rondel ("Kissing her hair I sat against her feet"), for alto or baritone & piano (incomplete)
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1895-1896

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : How Can the Tree but Wither?, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1896

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Claribel ("Where Claribel low-lieth"), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Andrew Staples (Tenor)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1896

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Linden Lea
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1901.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Blackmwore [sic] by the Stour, folk song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Boy Johnny ("If you'll busk you as a bride"), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1902

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : If I Were a Queen, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Andrew Staples (Tenor); Sarah Vocal] (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1902

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Tears, Idle Tears, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1902

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Orpheus with his lute
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Sarah Vocal] (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1901

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : When I am dead, my dearest, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Sarah Vocal] (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1903

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Winter's Willow, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1903

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Chanson de quête, folk song for voice & piano (May Day song)
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: ?1904

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : La Ballade de Jésus Christ, folk song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1904

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Splendour Falls, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1896

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Dreamland ("Where sunless rivers weep"), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Sarah Vocal] (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1898

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Sky above the Roof, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Poems by Walt Whitman (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Iain Burnside (Piano); Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1925