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SOMMCD 0164

The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams

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Catalogue No: SOMMCD 0164
Release Date: 02/01/2017
Number of Discs: 1
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Discover the beautiful piano music of Vaughan Williams with this stunning new album from Mark Bebbington and Rebeca Omodia. Featuring two world-premiere recordings, this disc has enjoyed unprecedented success and is currently No.3 in the specialist classical charts.

The premiere recording on this disc is the Introduction and Fugue for two pianos written in 1947, which RVW dedicated to the famous two-piano team Phyllis Sellick and Cyril Smith. Bebbington says: “Vaughan Williams wrote the Introduction and Fugue concurrently with the Sixth Symphony – a work which shocked the musical world with its undisguised brutality and modernism, and this piano work belongs to the same musical aesthetic.

The Tallis Fantasia in its original string version is an evergreen English work, repeatedly topping Classic FM’s listener surveys of favourite pieces. Of its two-piano version, Bebbington says: In transcribing the Fantasia for two pianos Vaughan Williams has created a work with leaner textures and clearer polyphony.

 

On This Recording

  1. Vaughan Williams – 1. The Lake in the Mountains for solo piano
  2. Vaughan Williams – 2. Introduction and Fugue for two pianos
  3. Vaughan Williams – 3. ‘Ach bleib’ bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ’ JS Bach BVW 649 arr. Vaughan Williams, for solo piano
  4. Vaughan williams – 4. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis arr. Maurice Jacobson and Vaughan Williams for two pianos
  5. Vaughan Williams – 5. Hymn Tune Prelude on ‘Song 13’ (Orlando Gibbons) for solo piano
  6. Vaughan Williams – 6. Fantasia on Greensleeves – Piano duet adapted from the Opera ‘Sir John in Love’
  7. Vaughan Williams – A Little Piano Book (solo piano) – 1. Valse Lente
  8. Vaughan Williams – A Little Piano Book (solo piano) – 2. Nocturne
  9. Vaughan Williams – A Little Piano Book (solo piano) – 3. Canon
  10. Vaughan Williams – A Little Piano Book (solo piano) – 4. Two-part Invention in F
  11. Vaughan Williams – A Little Piano Book (solo piano) – 5. Two-part Invention in E flat
  12. Vaughan Williams – A Little Piano Book – 6. Two-part Invention in G
  13. Vaughan Williams – Suite of Six Short Pieces for piano solo – 1. Prelude
  14. Vaughan Williams – Suite of Six Short Pieces for piano solo – 2. Slow Dance
  15. Vaughan Williams – Suite of Six Short Pieces for piano solo – 3. Quick Dance
  16. Vaughan Williams – Suite of Six Short Pieces for piano solo – 4. Slow Air
  17. Vaughan Williams – Suite of Six Short Pieces for piano solo – 5. Rondo
  18. Vaughan Williams – Suite of Six Short Pieces for piano solo – 6. Pezzo Ostinato

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Mark Bebbington and Rebeca Omordia finding an unremitting logic, sweep and concentration that thrill to the marrow…

Gramophone Magazine