In the Fen Country and Norfolk Rhapsodies

There Are Many Voices
A Gallery One
Lost Empires: the music halls
Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872-1958
In the Fen Country and Norfolk Rhapsodies
A Song Of The High Hills
Frederick Delius 1862-1934
Along The Downs: The Countryside Collection
Ashley Hutchings 1945-
The English Music Festival
The Proms
By Footpath and Stile
Gerald Finzi 1901 - 1956
English Light Music
Peter Warlock 1894-1930
The Spirit Of England
Sir Edward Elgar 1857-1934
The Spirit Of England. (Opus 80)
Samuel Coleridge-Taylor 1875-1912
The Romantic Violin Concerto - 5
Sir Arthur Somervell 1863-1937
A Treasury of English Song
Sir Charles Villiers Stanford 1852-1924
The English Anthem - 8
Percy Whitlock 1903-1946
The Salley Gardens
On Wenlock Edge
Bredon Hill
Roger Quilter 1877 - 1953
Ivor Gurney 1890 - 1937
Songs by Roger Quilter
Severn Meadows
Sir Arthur Bliss 1891-1978
A Knot Of Riddles
Sir Granville Bantock 1868 - 1946
Sappho and Sapphic Poem
Sir Arnold Bax 1883 - 1953
Symphony No. 5 and The Tale the Pine-Trees Knew
Herbert Howells 1892 - 1983
The St. Paul's Service
Coope Boyes and Simpson
Triple Echo
Old Swan Band
Edgar Bainton 1880 - 1956
Orchestral Works Vol 2
Tiger Moth
Show Of Hands
The Path
More English Folk

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Vaughan Williams composed three Norfolk Rhapsodies in 1905 and 1906, basing them on folk tunes he had collected around the Wash. But only the first of them has remained in the standard repertory, it is loved as one of the composer's fondest and most ravishing explorations of the folk tradition. The score of Norfolk Rhapsody No 3 was destroyed, and the second of the set had not been performed since 1914. Two pages of the score were lost, but they have now been recomposed by Stephen Hogger.
Rhapsody No 2 follows the same plan as its well-known predecessor, constructed out of a bundle of folk tunes. It opens with a quiet slow introduction, builds to a faster, louder climax and then subsides to the mood in which it began.
If the missing two are half as good as the surviving rhapsody, it's a major loss. This is a great work, using themes from the Norfolk fishing village folksongs "The Captain's Apprentice" and "The Bold Young Sailor". You'll remember two things about this work, the lovely quiet passages with woodwind piping, and the jig-like cameo appearance of the snare drum halfway through. RVW did the nation a service by preserving this music.

Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields 1995
Philips 442 427 2 1995

1. The Wasps
2. Fantasia On A Theme
By Thomas Tallis
3. In The Fen Country
4. Variations For Orchestra
5. Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 In E Minor
6. Five Variants Of 'Dives And Lazarus'

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