James Gilchrist "Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge" SACD
James Gilchrist's second solo album with Linn Records, On Wenlock Edge, explores the works of the great English composers Vaughan Williams, Gurney, Bliss and Warlock.
Vaughan Williams, a tour de force of English song, set A.E. Housman's On Wenlock Edge following a visit with Ravel in Paris. The French influence can be clearly heard in the distinctive piano quintet accompaniment - an innovation in English song. This is a premiere recording of Gurney's masterpiece Ludlow & Teme using the composer's revised and corrected version which, after studying with Vaughan Williams, he declared to be his favourite, stating: 'the alterations are simple (and striking).'
James Gilchrist has established a reputation as the leading figure in English song interpretation following his acclaimed debut recital album of Finzi songs and countless concert performances of works by Vaughan Williams, Britten and Purcell.
- On Wenlock Edge
- From far, from eve and morning
- Is my team ploughing
- Oh, when I was in love with you
- Bredon Hill
- The Curlew
- Elegiac Sonnet
- When smoke stood up from Ludlow
- Far in a western brookland
- 'Tis time I think
- Ludlow Fair
- On the idle hill of summer
- When I was one and twenty
- The Lent Lily