Vaughan Williams' particular form of greatness is not in saying things that have never been said before--but in presenting familiar or forgotten things in a way that makes them seem fresh and relevant.
In this hour, an exploration of two of Vaughan Williams' best-loved works--The Fantasia on Greensleeves and English Folk Songs Suite--and the folk music that inspired them.
|Ralph Vaughan Williams, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Vernon Handley [for the Fantasia on Greensleeves and English Folk Song Suite]||EMI Eminence CD-EMX 2179|
|Under the Greenwood Tree [for vocal of "Greensleeves"]||Naxos 8.553442|
|Vaughan Williams: The Collector's Edition, disc 10 [for original wind band version of English Folk Songs Suite]||
|Heather Wood: Fast Folk (Vol. 3, No. 9), Songs of Tradition [for "Lovely Joan," whose tune is used as a secondary theme in the Fantasia on Greensleeves]||iTunes download]|
|US Navy Sea Chanters: Homeward Bound [for "Seventeen Come Sunday"]||Coker & McCree (iTunes download)|
|Anne Briggs: A Collection [for "My Bonny Boy"]||Topic Records TSCD504|
|Alan Lomax: Classic Ballads of Britain and Ireland, Vol. 2 [for "Blow Away the Morning Dew," sung by Emiliy Bishop]||Rounder Records 1776|
|The Gordons: Time Will Tell Our Story [for "John Barleycorn"]||Blueberry Hill BBH 122|
|Luke Kelly: Working Class Hero [for "High Germany"]||Celtic Airs Records CACD0203|
|HeartSounds: Behind the Green Bushes [for "Green Bushes"]||HeartSounds 610 388 7523|
|Martin Simpson: The Bramble Briar [for song, "Dives and Lazarus"]||Topic Records TSCD513|
|Bournemouth Symphony: English String Music [for Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus]||Naxos 8.550823|