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Vaughan Williams: Film Classics - Coastal Command; 49th Parallel Prelude; The Story of a Flemish Farm; Three Portraits from England of Elizabeth / Andrew Penny, RTÉ Concert Orchestra

Audio Samples

  1. Vaughan Williams — Prelude (From "49th Parallel") $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Vaughan Williams — The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: I. The Flag Flutters in the Wind $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Vaughan Williams — The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: II. Night by the Sea - Farewell to the Flag $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Vaughan Williams — The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: III. Dawn in the Old Barn - The Parting of the Lovers $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Vaughan Williams — The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: IV. In a Belgian CafĂ© $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Vaughan Williams — The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: V. The Major Goes to Face His Fate $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Vaughan Williams — The Story of a Flemish Farm Suite: VII. The Wanderings of the Flag $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Vaughan Williams — Coastal Command Suite: I. Prelude $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Vaughan Williams — Coastal Command Suite: II. The Hebrides $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Vaughan Williams — Coastal Command Suite: III. U-Boat Alert $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Vaughan Williams — Coastal Command Suite: IV. Taking Off at Night $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Vaughan Williams — Coastal Command Suite: V. The Hudsons Take Off from Iceland $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Vaughan Williams — Coastal Command Suite: VI. Dawn Patrol "Quiet Determination" $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Vaughan Williams — Coastal Command Suite: VII. Battle of the Beauforts $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Vaughan Williams — Coastal Command Suite: VIII. Finale $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Vaughan Williams — 3 Portraits from England of Elizabeth: No. 1, Explorer $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Vaughan Williams — 3 Portraits from England of Elizabeth: No. 2, Poet $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Vaughan Williams — 3 Portraits from England of Elizabeth: No. 3, Queen $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : 49th Parallel
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Story of a Flemish Farm, suite from the film score for orchestra
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Coastal Command, suite from the film score for orchestra (arranged by Mathieson)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Portraits (3) from The England of Elizabeth, suite for orchestra (arranged by Mathieson)
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Ralph Vaughan Williams composed in a wide variety of genres, and film music became a significant part of his output in the latter decades of a long and distinguished career. He viewed film scores as more than just ephemera, seeking to "intensify" the spirit of the whole" in wartime productions such as the defiantly anti-Nazi 49th Parallel and Coastal Command, in which the graceful romance of sea-planes sends the spirits soaring. The haunting and evocative atmosphere of The Flemish Farm contrasts with Three Portraits that evoke the first Elizabethan age and announce the springtime of the second.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The National Concert Hall, Dublin (11/16/1993-11/17/1993).

Every piece of music on this disc had previously been recorded elsewhere, but none of it had previously been grouped with other film music by Ralph Vaughan Williams -- and take it from someone who loves every aspect of his music, it's a lot more convenient and edifying to have pieces such as the "Prelude" from 49th Parallel presented alongside other of the composer's cinema-related works, such as the "Story of a Flemish Farm - Suite." The RTE Concert Orchestra under Andrew Penny has done a masterful job of invigorating the music without losing any of its subtleties, so that the majestic opening of the "Flemish Farm" suite gives way to a suitably lyrical second movement, "Night By the Sea - Farewell to the Flag," presented as a moody misterioso. Similarly, the rousing "Coastal Command - Suite" takes well to the expansive and vigorous treatment that it is accorded here, and the "Three Portraits From the England of Elizabeth" at last get to stand in fitting company, instead of being placed rather awkwardly alongside a chronologically related (but otherwise totally unconnected) symphony, as it was presented on the earlier Previn recording. The RTE Concert Orchestra -- which is based in Ireland -- sounds a match for the best established orchestras in England, and Penny's conducting is superior to the work of most of the men who have previously recorded any of this material, including Bernard Herrmann (who did a too-slow version of the 49th Parallel prelude in the 1960s). This is not only a choice gift for any serious movie music enthusiast, but a good extension of the Vaughan Williams catalog. ~ Bruce Eder



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : 49th Parallel :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Andrew Penny
  • Ensemble: RTÉ Concert Orchestra
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1946

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Story of a Flemish Farm, suite from the film score for orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Penny
  • Running Time: 25 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1943

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Coastal Command, suite from the film score for orchestra (arranged by Mathieson)
  • Conductor: Andrew Penny
  • Running Time: 14 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1942

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Portraits (3) from The England of Elizabeth, suite for orchestra (arranged by Mathieson)
  • Conductor: Andrew Penny
  • Running Time: 16 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1955