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Earth and Sky: Vaughan Williams Choral Premieres - Angus McPhee (vocals); Hugh Rowlands (organ); Leah Jackson (vocals); Thomas Stoddart (vocals); William Vann (piano);...
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  1. Vine, vine and eglantine, vocal valse for voice & piano
  2. Winter ("The frost is here"), vocal valse for voice & piano
  3. Spring ("Birds' love and birds' song"), vocal valse for voice & piano
  4. Sound Sleep ("Some are laughing, some are weeping"), song for female chorus & piano
  5. The Jolly Ploughboy, folk song for male chorus or unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools No. 1)
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  1. Vine, vine and eglantine, vocal valse for voice & piano
  2. Winter ("The frost is here"), vocal valse for voice & piano
  3. Spring ("Birds' love and birds' song"), vocal valse for voice & piano
  4. Sound Sleep ("Some are laughing, some are weeping"), song for female chorus & piano
  5. The Jolly Ploughboy, folk song for male chorus or unison chorus & piano (Folksongs for Schools No. 1)
  6. Old Folks at Home, for voice & piano
  7. The Farmer's Boy, folk song for male chorus
  8. The world it went well with me then, folk song for male chorus
  9. Tobacco's but an Indian weed, folk song for male chorus
  10. The New Commonwealth, for unison chorus & piano or orchestra (arr. of the Prelude to "49th Parallel")
  11. O Praise the Lord of Heaven, anthem for double chorus & semi-chorus (Psalm 148)
  12. My Soul, Praise the Lord, for male chorus
  13. As the disciples, when Thy Son had left them, hymn ("Little Cloister")
  14. A Hymn of Freedom, for unison chorus & piano or organ
  15. England, My England ("What have I done for you"), song for baritone, double chorus, unison chorus & orchestra or piano
  16. A Call to the Free Nations, hymn for chorus
  17. The Airman's Hymn, for unison chorus & piano or organ
  18. Land of Our Birth, for male chorus
  19. Hymn to St. Margaret, for unison chorus
  20. Gaelic Songs (3) for chorus
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It might seem surprising that there still remains unrecorded music by Ralph Vaughan Williams at this late date, but indeed all 22 of these tracks (or all but one) represent the first time the music therein has been committed to recorded sound. They're not unknown masterpieces; most are small, strophic hymn-like pieces or folk song arrangements, accompanied by piano or organ, or sung a cappella. Yet they form a cohesive whole, which is more than can be claimed for many more ambitious releases. The pieces are arranged ...

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