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Vaughan Williams: Poisoned Kiss

R. Vaughan Williams Audio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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listen  1. The Poisoned Kiss: OvertureBournemouth Sinfonietta 6:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. 2 Hymn-Tune Preludes: No. 1. EventideBournemouth Sinfonietta 4:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 2 Hymn-Tune Preludes: No. 2. Dominus Regit meBournemouth Sinfonietta 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The Running SetBournemouth Sinfonietta 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Flos campi: I. Sicut Lilium inter spinas (As the lily among thorns)Frederick Riddle 2:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Flos campi: II. Jam enim hiems transiit (For, lo, the winter is past)Frederick Riddle 2:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Flos campi: III. Quaesivi quem diligit anima mea (I sought him whom my soul loveth)Frederick Riddle 3:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Flos campi: IV. En lectulum Salomonis sexaginta fortes ambiunt? (Behold his bed, which is Solomon's)Frederick Riddle 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Flos campi: V. Revertere, revertere Sulamitis! (Return, return, O Shulamite)Frederick Riddle 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Flos campi: VI. Pone me ut signaculum super cor tuum (Set me as a seal upon thine heart)Frederick Riddle 6:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Suite for Viola: Group 1: PreludeFrederick Riddle 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Suite for Viola: Group 1: CarolFrederick Riddle 2:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Suite for Viola: Group 1: Christmas DanceFrederick Riddle 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Suite for Viola: Group 2: BalladFrederick Riddle 5:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Suite for Viola: Group 2: Moto perpetuoFrederick Riddle 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Suite for Viola: Group 3: MusetteFrederick Riddle 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Suite for Viola: Group 3: Polka melancholiqueFrederick Riddle 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Suite for Viola: Group 3: GalopFrederick Riddle 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Sea SongsBournemouth Sinfonietta 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. The Wasps: OvertureLondon Philharmonic Orchestra10:16Album Only
listen  2. The House of Life: No. 1. Love sightStephen Varcoe 4:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. The House of Life: No. 2. Silent NoonStephen Varcoe 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. The House of Life: No. 3. Heart's HavenStephen Varcoe 4:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 6 Studies in English Folksong: No. 1. AdagioJanet Hilton 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 6 Studies in English Folksong: No. 2. Andante sostenutoJanet Hilton 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 6 Studies in English Folksong: No. 3. Larghetto -Janet Hilton 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 6 Studies in English Folksong: No. 4. LentoJanet Hilton 1:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. 6 Studies in English Folksong: No. 5. Andante tranquilloJanet Hilton 1:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. 6 Studies in English Folksong: No. 6. Allegro vivaceJanet Hilton0:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. RomanceTommy Reilly 6:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Linden Lea (arr. for choir)Huddersfield Choral Society 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Fantasia on GreensleevesBBC Philharmonic Orchestra 4:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Serenade to MusicLondon Philharmonic Orchestra10:39Album Only

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  • Audio CD (May 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00000IYN1
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect and otherworldly October 5, 2003
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I am a rock musician but I must say that there is little other music on this green earth that is as gorgeous as that of Vaughan Williams. Some folk and country airs can touch the melancholy that VW can, some of Bach's or Ravel's pieces maybe. But when I hear music like Flos Campi 2nd and 6th movements, or the beautiful short pieces that comprise Six Studies in English Folk Song ... well, they leave me breathless. Parts of Flos Campi sounds like VW has distilled all the tinsel and magic, childlike wonder and true peace of something as hard to define as Christmas and made it into music. Serenade to Music in it's pure orchestral form still remains a glorius composition, even without the vocalists. My, when it hits that early theme in the latter part with full force and orchestra ... And the lovely Linden Lea and that wonderful Suite ... Almost too much. I sometimes program this and some of his major works, such as Tallis, Dives and Lazarus and The Lark Ascending (when I have some time to spare!): it's a big 'wow' factor. VW's music is unashamedly beautiful, capturing the sweetest folk elements and conjuring up the spirit of the wildest and most remote parts of Britain (in my head at least). This music is something else and I can't recommend it highly enough.
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This collection of pieces is a real treat for RVW fans. The recordings of Flos campi (surely one of RVW's most unusual and mystical works, somehow managing to capture the elusive emotional/spiritual environment of the Song of Solomon) and the Suite for Viola and Orchestra (rarely recorded, but a delectable mixing of folk-song, Bach, Bartok-like passages, and rich, resonant melodies redolent of autumn) would be enough in themselves. Couple them with the Six Studies in English Folksong for clarinet & piano (a rare piece of Vaughn Williams chamber music) and the ravishing instrumental version of Serenade to Music, and you have a truly admirable set. This is an assemblage of a number of earlier recordings: in this case, I think, the cream has been skimmed and put into one convenient two-disc collection. The recorded sound is good throughout, and the notes well-written and interesting - an excellent Chandos release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A selection of music by Vaughan Williams February 13, 2013
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If the compositions of the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams are unfamiliar to you there is probably no better place to start than with this double CD from Chandos. Although I have many Vaughan Williams CDs and LPs in my collection, there were a few rarer items on these discs that I had no heard before; but having said that there are many established favourites too. The strength of the collection lies in the variety of the 13 pieces on offer. The set opens with the Overture to that rather strange work The Poisoned Kiss which bears some resemblance to the unique Oxford Elegy in that it has a speaker but this time accompanied by soloists, chorus and orchestra. There are Two Hymn-tune Preludes (but not the familiar Rhosymedre), the folk-dance The Running Set, the six-movement choral work Flos Campi, inspired by the Song of Solomon from the O.T., the rarely heard Suite for Viola and Orchestra and a short extract of Sea Songs.

The second CD opens with the Overture to Aristophanes' play The Wasps commissioned for a performance in Cambridge. There are three songs from the pre-Raphaelite song-cycle The House of Life of 1904, sung by Stephen Varcoe (baritone); the Six Studied in English Folk-Song, played in the less common arrangement for clarinet (Janet Hilton) and piano (Keith Swallow); the short Romance for harmonica (Tommy Reilly) and orchestra; an RVW favourite song, Linden Lea, sung by the Huddersfield Choral Society; and two very familiar works to end - the Fantasia on Greensleeves, and the Serenade to Music in its purely orchestra arrangement. This is an absolutely delightful selection of works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, beautifully sung, played and recorded.
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