Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on the Old 104th Psalm Tune; Piano Quintet; The Lark Ascending; Romance for Viola and Piano
Mark Bebbington (piano)
Duncan Riddell (violin)
Abigail Fenna (viola)
City of London Choir
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Hilary Davan Wetton (conductor)
To mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams, pianist Mark Bebbington, members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Hilary Davan Wetton, present a recording of the composer’s almost totally neglected orchestral work, Fantasia on the ‘Old 104th’ Psalm Tune, for solo piano, choir and orchestra premiered at the Three Choirs Festival in 1950.
The album also features the Romance for viola and piano; the ever popular The Lark Ascending in the original 1914 version for solo violin and piano; and the early but ambitious Piano Quintet of 1903, which was embargoed until as late as the 1990s and scored for the same combination of instruments as Schubert’s ‘Trout’ Quintet.