This two-CD set of archive recordings, issue (ALBCD 014) features Alexander Young (tenor) in both On Wenlock Edge and Merciless Beauty. The main work is a 1952 recording of the Five Tudor Portraits taken live from the first International Music Festival in Pittsburgh. The bonus CD is a talk by Vaughan Williams on Bach - The Great Bourgeois. Of real additional interest is the release of the premiere broadcast performance of the rare Prelude on Three Welsh Hymn Tunes, from 1955.
This is the first Albion Archive set and all the recordings are taken from the 1950s or from 1960. Both Merciless Beauty and the Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes have never been issued before in any format. The talk by Vaughan Williams complements the issue on Albion ALBCD 009 of the composer discussing The teachings of Parry and Stanford. Such talks give great insight into the humour and wisdom of Vaughan Williams.
Full texts and notes are included and the price of the two CDs is just £10.00 plus postage and packing at £1.80
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