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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Songs of Travel / The House of Life (English Song, Vol. 14)

Composer(s)Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Artist(s) Williams, Roderick, baritone • Burnside, Iain, piano
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Vocal
Catalogue 8.557643
Label / Series Naxos / English Song Series
Quality   320kbps
  Booklet / liner notes available

Although Vaughan Williams is best known as a symphonist and for large-scale choral works, the essence of his music can also be found in his songs, which demonstrate a peerless sensitivity to the beauty of the English language. Songs of Travel, composed in 1904 at a time when the composer’s personal voice was emerging, have been described as a “kind of English Winterreise”. Together with The House of Life, settings of six sonnets by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, they are the first to mark a significant advance from the Edwardian parlour song towards true English art song. Volume 3 of the Naxos English Song Series (8.557114) features Vaughan Williams’ famous Housman settings On Wenlock Edge.

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Work/Track Title Time
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Songs of Travel / The House of Life (English Song, Vol. 14) 1:07:08   
  Songs of Travel          
      The Vagabond 3:24       
      Let Beauty awake 1:57       
      The Roadside Fire 2:17       
      Youth and Love 3:34       
      In Dreams 2:18       
      The Infinite Shining Heavens 2:15       
      Whither must I wander? 4:14       
      Bright is the ring of words 2:10       
      I have trod the upward and the downward slope 1:54       
  The House of Life          
      Love-sight 4:29       
      Silent Noon 4:09       
      Love’s Minstrels 5:21       
      Heart’s Haven 3:46       
      Death in Love 4:28       
      Love’s Last Gift 4:15       
  Linden Lea 2:44       
  4 Poems by Fredegond Shove          
      Motion and Stillness 2:01       
      Four Nights 3:33       
      The New Ghost 5:15       
      The Water Mill 3:04       
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