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Willow-Wood / The Sons of Light / Toward the Unknown Region / Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus (Naxos, cond. Lloyd-Jones) - Performance CD

 

 

This disc features the world premiere recording of the cantata Willow-Wood, a little known yet substantial work by the great British composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Scored for baritone, women's choir and orchestra, Willow-Wood is a luxuriant setting of part of Dante Gabriel Rossetti's sequence The House of Light. Unrecorded since the LP era, the choral cantata The Sons of Life is a dazzling depiction of the passing of the sun, with many of the magical harmonic and and rhythmical effects for which Vaughan Williams was renowned. 
 
Track Listing: 
 
1. Toward the Unknown Region (Song for Chorus and Orchestra) - 11.39
2. Willow-Wood (Cantata for Baritone and Orchestra. World Premiere Recording) - 13.55
3. The Voice out of the Whirlwind (Motet for Chorus and Orchestra) - 5.15
4. Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus (for Strings and Harp) - 11.38
The Sons of Light (Cantata for Chorus and Orchestra) - 19.24
5. Darkness and Light - 9.07
6. The Song of the Zodiac - 6.10
7. The Messengers of Speech - 4.06
 
Playing time: 61:51
Recorded: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool UK on 20th February and 8th May 2005
Performed by: Roderick Williams, Baritone. Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra. Conducted by David Lloyd-Jones. 
Released: November 2005
Label: Naxos