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Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love, opera / Roderick Jones, baritone; Pamela Bowden, contralto; April Cantelo, soprano; Owen Brannigan, bass; Philharmonia Orch., Sadler's Wells Chorus, Stanford Robinson

Audio Samples

  1. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act I, Scene I: A Street in Windsor, Prelude "What-hoa!" $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act I, Scene I,: A Street in Windsor, "Sir Hugh, Persuade Me Not…" $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act I, Scene I: A Street in Windsor, "Ahem…" $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act I, Scene I,: A Street in Windsor, "Do but Look on Her Eyes" $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act I, Scene I: A Street in Windsor, "Vere is Dat Knave Rugby?" $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act I, Scene I,: A Street in Windsor, "Master Fenton" $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act I, Scene I: A Street in Windsor, "How Know, Mine Host of the Garter" $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act I, Scene I: A Street in Windsor, "Spy Entertainment in Her" $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act I, Scene I: A Street in Windsor, "Wilt Thou Revenge?" $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act I, Scene I: A Street in Windsor, "Love My Wife? I Will Be Patient" $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act II, Scene II: A Room in the Garter Inn, "Bardolph, Bardolph I. Say!" $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act II, Scene II: A Room in the Garter Inn, "Go Thy Ways" $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act II, Scene II: A Room in the Garter Inn, "Sir, My Name is Brook" $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act II, Scene II: A Room in the Garter Inn, "Ha, is This a Vision?" $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act III, Scene I: A Footpath Near Windsor, Prelude "Yet Hear Me Speak" $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act III, Scene I: A Footpath Near Windsor, "Let Him Woo For Himself" $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act III, Scene II: A Field Near Windsor, "As We Sat Down in Papylon" $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act III, Scene II: A Field Near Windsor, "Peace, I say!" $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act IV, Scene II: Windsor Forest, "The Windsor Bell Hath Struck Twelve" $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act IV, Scene II: Windsor Forest, "I Think the Devil Will Not Have Me Damned" $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act IV, Scene II: Windsor Forest, "Nay, Do Not Fly" $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Vaughan Williams — Sir John in Love, Act IV, Scene II: Windsor Forest, "This is Strange, Who Hath the Right Anne?" $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Sir John in Love
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Of all the musical forms essayed by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), his operas have received the least recognition or respect. Yet he was incontestably a man of the theatre. The first professional staging was given by Sadler's Wells Opera in April 1946. In July 1958, less than a month before he died, the composer attended a performance at the Sadler's Wells Theatre. After this, it is thought not to have graced the professional stage in Britain again until 2 March 2006 when English National Opera revived the work at the London Coliseum. In this 1956 BBC studio recording, Roderick Jones makes an ideal Falstaff, commanding and vulnerable in equal measure. His love-song in Act II, 'O that joy so soon should waste' is both droll and touching. At the end of play, this butt of ridicule is allowed to become a Master of Ceremonies, conferring his blessing on all and it is a measure of Jones's multi-layered portrayal that the transformation is effected with ease and dignity. This portrayal is the jewel in the crown of a reading in which a whole community of colourful characters comes to life.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: BBC Studio Recording Broadcast (02/12/1956-02/13/1956).



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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Sir John in Love
  • Performers: Parry Jones (Tenor); Heddle Nash
  • Conductor: Stanford Robinson
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Notes: BBC Studio Recording Broadcast (02/12/1956-02/13/1956)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1924-1928