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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Willow-Wood / The Sons of Light / Toward the Unknown Region

Composer(s):Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - SacredChoral - SecularOrchestralVocal
Catalogue 8.557798
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Toward the Unknown Region, like the glorious Dives and Lazarus, is comparatively well known, but The Songs of Light less so. It is a setting of three poems about the creation by Vaughan William’s wife, Ursula. The Voice out of the Whirlwind drawn on the magical Galliard for the Songs of the Morning from Job. But the real novelty here is a setting of Rossetti for baritone, optional female chorus and orchestra; and it is really rather beautiful. Altogether an unexpectedly attractive disc, very well sung played and recorded.

Review By MB ,Limelight Magazine,March 2006

The main interest for most people in this release will be the world premiere recording of Willow­ Wood, the story of which was featured in the last issue of limelight. The cantata turns out to be highly Romantic both in idiom and content, with the lush, sensuous textures evoking a compelling atmosphere of mystery and thwarted passion in telling the tale of two lovers eternally separated. However, the other discovery here - another cantata called The Sons of Light, which has not been recorded since the LP era - is even finer. Written in 1950, when the composer was nearing 80, it is an imposing, powerful work whose majestic drive and imagi­native orchestration make a striking impact. The performances, by


Review By ,Scherzo,March 2006



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