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Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock's Edge / Gilchrist, et al

Audio Samples

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : On Wenlock Edge, song cycle for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra)
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The Curlew, song cycle for voice & small orchestra
>Bliss, Sir A. [Composer] : Elegiac Sonnet, for tenor, piano & string quartet, Op. 81, F. 156
>Gurney, Ivor : Ludlow and Teme, song cycle for voice, string quartet & piano

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : On Wenlock Edge, song cycle for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra)
>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The Curlew, song cycle for voice & small orchestra
>Bliss, Sir A. [Composer] : Elegiac Sonnet, for tenor, piano & string quartet, Op. 81, F. 156
>Gurney, Ivor : Ludlow and Teme, song cycle for voice, string quartet & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Import Hybrid-SACD pressing.

Gramophone Magazine
A wonderfully imaginative account of On Wenlock Edge and The Curlew. The developing tale of Bredon Hill has never been more vividly told on records, and the desolation of Warlock's masterpiece becomes more poignant still because of the beauty evoked. ... Gurney's Housman cycle has also its finest performance on record. Strongly recommended.

bbc.co.uk - Andrew Mellor
Invigorating stuff from the off, and far from the pastoral legato of some other interpretations... Gilchrist's no-nonsense vocal style meets the folk-based contours of the music with a convincing respect - his vowels more fluid and natural than some in the English tenor tradition, and his delivery all the more vivid for it.

BBC Music Magazine
Gilchrist's bright, ringing tenor voice is compelling from the first note, but it's the range of expression and unaffected musicality that leave the lasting impression



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : On Wenlock Edge, song cycle for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra)
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Michael Cox (Flute); Anna Tilbrook (Piano)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex, England (11/21/2006-11/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 20 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1908-1909

>Warlock, Peter [Composer] : The Curlew, song cycle for voice & small orchestra
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Michael Cox (Flute); Anna Tilbrook (Piano)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex, England (11/21/2006-11/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1920-1922

>Bliss, Sir A. [Composer] : Elegiac Sonnet, for tenor, piano & string quartet, Op. 81, F. 156
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Michael Cox (Flute); Anna Tilbrook (Piano)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex, England (11/21/2006-11/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1954

>Gurney, Ivor : Ludlow and Teme, song cycle for voice, string quartet & piano
  • Performers: James Gilchrist (Tenor); Michael Cox (Flute); Anna Tilbrook (Piano)
  • Notes: Christ's Hospital School, Horsham, West Sussex, England (11/21/2006-11/23/2006)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 12/1919