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Saturday, August 1, 2015 Permalink

The Folk Song Connection

Ralph Vaughan Williams & the Lake Country


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.

Featured Recordings

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]
EMI 2066362
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

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