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Vaughan Williams: String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor (For Jean on her Birthday)/Violin Sonata in A Minor/Phantasy Quintet/Six Studies in English Folk-Song
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classical general - vaughan williams, compositions for string quartet
1. Vn Son in a: I. Fantasia (Allegro Giusto)
2. Vn Son in a: II. Scherzo (Allegro Furioso, Ma Non Troppo)
3. Vn Son in a: III. Tema Con Vars (Andante - Var.6: Allegro)
4. Fant Qnt: I. Prld (Lento Ma Non Troppo)
5. Fant Qnt: II. Scherzo (Prestissimo)
6. Fant Qnt: III. Alla Sarabanda (Lento)
7. Fant Qnt: IV. Burlesca (Allegro Moderato)
8. Six Studies In English Folk-Song: I. Adagio
9. Six Studies In English Folk-Song: II. Andante Sostenuto
10. Six Studies In English Folk-Song: III. Larghetto
11. Six Studies In English Folk-Song: IV. Lento
12. Six Studies In English Folk-Song: V. Andante Tranquillo
13. Six Studies In English Folk-Song: VI. Allegro Vivace
14. Str Qt No.2 in a (For Jean On Her Birthday): I. Prelude (Allegro Appasionato)
15. Str Qt No.2 in a (For Jean On Her Birthday): II. Romance (Largo)
16. Str Qt No.2 in a (For Jean On Her Birthday): III. Scherzo (Allegro)
17. Str Qt No.2 in a (For Jean On Her Birthday): IV. Epilogue: Greetings From Joan To Jean (Andante Sost
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on August 5, 2013
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
I can't say I'm very well exposed to enough classical music and composure's, but it's all I listen to. I have heard the Six Studies in English Folk-Song on clarinet and loved it, even bought the sheet music. I knew for years now that it was originally for cello, but have never heard it until I got this CD. It was elegant and extremely emotional, and slower than the clarinet versions. But the slower pace on the cello's bigger expression ability was a moving combination. I feel like Ralph Vaughan Williams has not been given his appropriate fame for his compositions. They really are gorgeous pieces, and of course the musicians can make or break a piece. With that said, I have to say I have never heard of any of these musician names or the Music Group of London, but they certainly are names to look for. I think they have very good control with their instruments. I think they have a very professional opinion and understanding of how to represent these pieces. I felt like all of these pieces where played for the compositions stance, not the musicians stance, and I say that cause I never felt any of the musicians tried or put their own spin or fancy additions to these pieces. It was not over done, it was not under done, it was done appropriately. Sure this is an opinion, but I think most people reading a Classical CD review will understand what I mean. Classical musicians are such hard workers, and I look up to them.
on February 12, 2013
Format: Audio CD
This is a delightful CD of chamber music composed at various times during the long life of English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. It is played on this EMI CD by the Music Group of London comprising Hugh Bean and Frances Mason (violins), Christopher Wellington and Ian Jewel (violas), Eileen Croxford (cello) and David Parkhouse (piano). The Violin Sonata in a minor had its first performance in 1905 but it was withdrawn and subsequently enlarged slightly for a performance by Frederick Grinke on the occasion of RVW's 82nd birthday. The Phantasy Quintet is one of a number of chamber works composed at the suggestion of the industrialist W.W. Cobbett called `Phantasies' to be played in one continuous movement, somewhat similar to the Elizabethan phantasies. It is a lovely work in the distinctive Vaughan Williams pastoral style. The Six Studies in English Folk Song were written for cellist May Mukle in 1926 and performed on the cello her, but there is an equally lovely version for clarinet and piano which is available played by Janet Hilton with Keith Swallow on Chandos 2419. Finally there is the somewhat more challenging String Quartet no.2 (For Jean [Stewart] on her Birthday). This last work is more in the dissonant vein of the piano concerto rather than the lyrical String Quartet No.1. A lovely disc overall.
on August 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Strikingly fresh performances by the Music Group of London, entirely idiomatic and immersed, grace this generous collection of rarely heard chamber music by Vaughan Williams that spans the breadth of his artistic life. The set opens, interestingly enough, with the composer's late Violin Sonata (1954), a work whose three movements offer the most startling contrasts, from spiky virtuosity to meditative nostalgia. And speaking of nostalgia, programmed next is the haunting and atmospheric Phantasy Quintet (1912), a composition that, above all, seems the epitome of Vaughan Williams' art, and the closest to his emotional center. The following group of Six Studies in English Folk-Song (1926) retains the same exquisite lyricism as the Quintet, if not even more distilled. Although the tunes are obviously not original, the composer's beautiful "arrangements" of them, and their thematic interconnections, easily makes you feel otherwise. And speaking of contrasts, the String Quartet in Am (1943/47) bookends the CD with a work akin to the opening Violin Sonata in its use of diverse, wandering tonality, rhythmic variety and deep instrumental expression. Dedicated to the composer's friend, violist Jean Stewart, this second of his two string quartets is a curiously unnerving, reflective and unforgettable composition, and a masterstroke conclusion to an entirely irresistible recording.
[Running time: 73:48]
[Running time: 73:48]
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