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Vaughan Williams: A Cotswold Romance, Death of Tintagiles

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A Cotswold Romance, cantata (arr. by Jacobson from synopsis of Hugh the Drover, opera)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Death of Tintagiles, incidental music
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...These are the first recordings of both works, and both are excellent. Hickox brings his usual clarity of texture and precision to the performances. The three vocal soloists are comfortable with just a trace of proper English stuffiness, emotion firmly in control. (No Sex Please, We're British.) The chorus is a happy combination of enthusiasm and precision, the orchestra just as fine. Notes and text are included." -Parsons, ARG

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
A Cotswold Romance is a gift from Vaughan Williams to those who hold the music of Hugh theDrover in deep affection but who, under torture, would probably have to admit that the opera itself is less than perfect. Hugh, first produced in 1924, enjoyed sufficient immediate success for a set of records to be produced with the original cast. It then had to wait till 1979 for a complete recording on LP (reissued on EMI), and till 1994 for a new one on CD. The adaptation as a dramatic cantata came out in 1951, reducing the two-act opera to 10 numbers and rescoring some of the music to allow a larger part for the chorus.

The addition of wordless chorus is delightful, not least when the chorus sings the first part of Hugh's song of the road and re-enters with delicious harmonies at 'All the scented night'. Thomas Randle, who has the voice of a man of the road and a lover, is admirably cast. Rosa Mannion, with a slight hint of turning tremulous under pressure, is otherwise an ideal Mary, and the chorus is excellent. Hickox conducts with brio and with due feeling for the romance.

Death of Tintagiles is incidental music written for a play by Maeterlinck, performed without much success in 1913. In his interesting notes, Stephen Connock associates it with Riders to theSea and the Sinfonia antartica; and it's true that there are sternly impressive moments, of menace and darkness. Though it hardly seems viable as an orchestral suite, it's good to have on this disc, nevertheless.



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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A Cotswold Romance, cantata (arr. by Jacobson from synopsis of Hugh the Drover, opera)
  • Performers: Rosa Mannion (Soprano); Thomas Randle (Baritone); Matthew Vocal] (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (10/03/1997-10/04/1997)
  • Running Time: 38 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1950

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Death of Tintagiles, incidental music
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: All Saints Church, Tooting, London, England (10/03/1997-10/04/1997)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1913