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Vaughan Williams: Folk Songs of Britain / The Deller Consort; Alfred Deller

Album Summary

>Traditional, English : An Acre of Land
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A Farmer's son so sweet, folk song for male chorus & piano
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Lover's Ghost, folk song for voice & piano or chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 4; Folkso
>Traditional, English : The Turtle Dove
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : John Dory, folk song for chorus
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Jolly Ploughboy, folk song for male chorus or unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools no 1
>Traditional, Christmas : The Gloucester Wassail Song ("Wassail! wassail all over the town!"), carol
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Down by the Riverside, folk song for unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools no 8)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Folksongs from the Eastern Counties (15)
>Traditional, English : Just as the tide was flowing
>Traditional, English : Ca' the yowes
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : My Boy Billy, folk song for unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools no 7)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Springtime of the Year, folk song for chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 2)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Ward the Pirate, folk song for voice & piano or male chorus (Folksongs from the Eastern Counties no
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Painful Plough, folk song for unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools no 11)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Dark eyed sailor, folk song for chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 1)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Cuckoo and the Nightingale, folk song for unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools no 2)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Loch Lomond, folk song for baritone & male chorus
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Notes & Reviews:

In one of the finest recordings in the entire Vanguard catalog, the Deller Consort perform folk songs of the British Isles, arranged by composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Beautiful, witty, bawdy and fun, these recordings helped to define an entire genre. This title has been out of print on CD for 30 years.

ClassicalNet.com
Deller's voice took some getting used to, but he was a superb singer. His phrasing and sense of line, his command of dynamics from anywhere within a phrase, amounted to absolute. For me, he's one of the great singers of the previous century. His Consort recorded not only English madrigal masterpieces, but French, Italian, and German ones as well. Later groups like the Elizabethan Singers, the Purcell Singers, the Wilbye Consort, and the King's Singers may have produced a more suave and beautiful sound (Deller's voice to some extent grated against his colleagues', although he blended better as he went along), but they don't communicate any more deeply. Furthermore, they all owe something to the Deller Consort's example. The performances here count as some of the best work the Consort ever did. This is, in fact, a classic album.



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>Traditional, English : An Acre of Land
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Conductor: Alfred Deller
  • Ensemble: The Deller Consort
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1934

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A Farmer's son so sweet, folk song for male chorus & piano
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Lover's Ghost, folk song for voice & piano or chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 4; Folkso
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Traditional, English : The Turtle Dove
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : John Dory, folk song for chorus
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1934

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Fantasia on Greensleeves
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1911

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Jolly Ploughboy, folk song for male chorus or unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools no 1
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 1 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Traditional, Christmas : The Gloucester Wassail Song ("Wassail! wassail all over the town!"), carol
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Christmas

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Down by the Riverside, folk song for unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools no 8)
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Folksongs from the Eastern Counties (15)
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1908

>Traditional, English : Just as the tide was flowing
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Traditional, English : Ca' the yowes
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Form: Vocal

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : My Boy Billy, folk song for unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools no 7)
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Springtime of the Year, folk song for chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 2)
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Ward the Pirate, folk song for voice & piano or male chorus (Folksongs from the Eastern Counties no
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903-1906

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Painful Plough, folk song for unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools no 11)
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Dark eyed sailor, folk song for chorus (English Folksongs for chorus no 1)
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Cuckoo and the Nightingale, folk song for unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools no 2)
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Loch Lomond, folk song for baritone & male chorus
  • Performer: Alfred Deller
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921