Since its formation in 1994, The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society – a registered charity, with more than 1,000 members – has sought to raise the profile of the composer through publications, seminars and sponsorship of performances and recordings. The Society’s successes include the publication of Ursula Vaughan Williams’s autobiography with its main focus on her relationship with Ralph, and the sponsorship of significant performances, beginning with the Albion Opera Festival in London in 1997, followed by many more performances including all five operas in and around the anniversary year of 2008. More recently, the Society has been closely involved with important premičres including the Cambridge (doctoral) Mass
, Willow Wood
, and The Garden of Proserpine
In 2007, the Society launched its record label, Albion Records, devoted to recordings of rare RVW. Our vision is that each Albion CD will contain at least one world premičre recording, and you can see from our list that this vision has been realised again and again.
Our world premičre release of The Garden of Proserpine, an early setting of a poem by Swinburne, spent five weeks on Gramophone Magazine’s Specialist Classical Chart, and joined earlier Albion releases in attracting excellent reviews from Gramophone and others. Amazon gives this and some earlier releases a five star rating. We confidently expect our new recording “On Christmas Day” to be received every bit as warmly.
THE SONS OF THE MORNINGPiano music of
Vaughan Williams and Gurney
Albion Records is delighted to announce the release of the world-premičre recording of Job – A Masque for Dancing in the arrangement for solo piano by Vally Lasker. This arrangement was made in the summer of 1930 to support rehearsals by dancers of the Camargo Society who were staging the work in 1931. Vally Lasker was an excellent pianist who had shown her prowess as an arranger when she undertook VW’s A London Symphony in 1920. It is an imaginative and skilful re-working that brings fresh insights into one of Vaughan Williams’ greatest works.
This new CD also includes Vaughan Williams’ The Lake in the Mountains as well as Hymn Tune Prelude on ‘Song 13’ by Orlando Gibbons together with six beautiful Preludes by Ivor Gurney.
We are particularly proud to have Iain Burnside perform these works as this disc marks his recording debut as a solo artist.
Full notes are included and the price is just £10.00 plus postage and packing at £1.80
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