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Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love / Hickox, Varcoe, et al

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  1. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act I: Orchestral Introduction - What Hoa, What Hoa! (Shallow, Sir Hugh Evans) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act I: Ahem (Anne Page) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act I: How Now, What Does Master Fenton Here? (Page) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act I: Vere Is Dat Knave Rugby? (Dr. Caius) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act I: Episode $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act I: How Now, Mine Host of the Garter (Bardolph, Nym, Pistol) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act I: I Spy Entertainment In Her … (Sir John Falstaff) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act I: Wilt Thou Revenge … ? (Pistol) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act I: Love My Wife? I Will Be Patient (Ford) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act II Scene 1: Orchestral Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act II Scene 1: Thine Own True Knight (Mrs. Page) - Sigh No More, Ladies, Sigh No More (Mrs. Quickly) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act II Scene 2: Bardolph! Bardolph, I Say! (Sir John Falstaff) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act II Scene 2: Go Thy Ways, Go Thy Ways, Old Jack! (Sir John Falstaff) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act II Scene 2: Sir, My Name Is Brook (Ford) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act II Scene 2: Ha, Is This a Vision? (Ford) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act III Scene 1: Interlude: Orchestral Introduction - Yet Hear Me Speak (Fenton) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act III Scene 1: Interlude: Fair and Fair and Twice So Fair (Chorus of Young Women) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act III Scene 1: Interlude: But Listen, Good Mine Host (Anne Page) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act III Scene 2: Orchestral Introduction - When As We Sat In Papylon (Sir Hugh Evans) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act III Scene 2: Come, Master Ford (Page) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act III Scene 2: Orchestral Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act III Scene 3: What, John! What, Robert! (Mrs. Ford) - Alas, My Love, You Do Me Wrong (Mrs. Ford) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act III Scene 3: Mistress Ford! (Mrs. Quickly) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act III Scene 3: Ah! (Ford, Chorus of Men) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV: Orchestral Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV Scene 1: : Pardon Me, Wife (Ford) - There Is an Old Tale That Goes Herne the Hunter (Mrs. Page) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV Scene 1: (Interlude) $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV Scene 2: Orchestral Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV Scene 2: The Windsor Bell Hath Struck 12 (Sir John Falstaff) $0.99 on iTunes
  30. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV Scene 2: Ah – (Mrs Ford) - Who Comes Here? (Sir John Falstaff) $0.99 on iTunes
  31. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV Scene 2: Dance of the Fairies $0.99 on iTunes
  32. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV Scene 2: But Stay! I Smell a Man of Middle Earth (Sir Hugh Evans) $0.99 on iTunes
  33. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV Scene 2: Nay, Do Not Fly (Page) $0.99 on iTunes
  34. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV Scene 2: My Heart Misgives Me (Mrs. Page) $0.99 on iTunes
  35. Vaughan Williams — Sir John In Love, Op. 4: Act IV Scene 2: Stand Not Amazed (Sir John Falstaff) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

Aside from the EMI recording made by Davies and the New Philharmonia Orchestra (breifly offered as an import, and nearly impossible to obtain), Vaughan Williams' opera "Sir John in Love" has suffered a complete absence from the catalog. This sparkling work, dealing with the twin themes of high spirits and romantic love features some of Vaughan William's most melodious and lyrical music. This great new recording features an accomplished cast, and thrilling orchestral performance. -H&B

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
There's no lack of glorious melody in Sir Johnin Love, and not just folksong cunningly interwoven. Musically, what comes over strongly, more richly than ever before in this magnificent recording from Richard Hickox, is the way that the writing anticipates later Vaughan Williams, not just the radiant composer of the Fifth Symphony and Serenade to Music, with keychanges of heartstopping beauty, but the composer's darker side, with sharply rhythmic writing.

The work's title, Sir John in Love, points to Vaughan Williams's different approach to the central character. With him Shakespeare's fat knight isn't just comic but a believable lover, more genial and expansive than in Boito's portrait, yet hardly a noble figure such as Elgar portrayed in his big symphonic study. Donald Maxwell makes a splendid Falstaff, relishing the comedy without making it a caricature. Above all, his full, dark voice is satisfyingly fat-sounding. On Vaughan Williams Opera 1205 the only previous recording, the vintage EMI set of 1974, Raimund Herincx gave a finely detailed performance, but lacked that important quality.

The 1974 set certainly stands the test of time remarkably well, but the extra fullness and richness of the Chandos sound coupled with as keen a concern for the atmospheric beauties of the score, notably in offstage effects, gives the new set an obvious advantage. Interpretatively, Hickox is just as incisive as Meredith Davies on EMI in bringing out the sharper side of the score, though he's more warmly expressive, a degree more affectionate in drawing out the glowing lyricism.

Chandos's casting is satisfyingly consistent, with no weak link. Matthew Best may be rather gruff at times as Ford, but that's very much in character, when, if anything, he's more venomous here than in Verdi, until at the start of Act 3 Vaughan Williams allows a wonderful duet of reconciliation with Mrs Ford, 'Pardon me, wife'. As Ursula Vaughan Williams has reported, her husband wrote Sir John in Love 'entirely for his own enjoyment', because he was in love with the subject. And from first to last this new set reflects that.



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Sir John in Love
  • Performers: Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Bass); Matthew Best; John Bowen (Tenor); Laura Claycomb (Soprano); Sarah Connolly; Susan Gritton (Soprano); Richard Lloyd-Morgan; Stephan Loges (Baritone); Donald Maxwell (Bass-Baritone); Henry Moss (Baritone); Daniel Norman (Tenor); Anne-Marie Owens (Mezzo Soprano); Mark Padmore; Mark Richardson (Voice); Adrian Thompson (Tenor); Stephen Varcoe; Roderick Williams (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Northern Sinfonia
  • Notes: Jubilee Hall, Newcastle, England (12/07/2000-12/10/2000)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1924-1928