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Cat. No. CHAN 10368 Price: £10.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 10368 - Vaughan Williams: The Film Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Volume 3
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Available From: 01 May 2006
Story of a Flemish Farm, dating from 1943, was a Second World War propaganda feature film based on a true story. It has a rich and vivid score and there is the added interest that two themes (not used in the film) became the principal themes of the second and fourth movements of the composer’s Sixth Symphony. Vaughan Williams wrote the music for The Loves of Joanna Godden between March and December 1946. Ernest Irving, who conducted the Philharmonia Orchestra for the film, wrote: on hearing the score: ‘I am carefully concealing it from the directors…it is the best music we have ever had here…’

Vaughan Williams’ film music ranks amongst the very finest ever written, and this CD includes some of his best examples. This disc is especially important as some of the material has never been recorded before. The result is a hugely important release which will be of interest to both film music buffs and fans of Vaughan Williams.

The contribution being made by Chandos to the preservation and reassessment of British film music has to be one of the most important projects undertaken by the classical recording industry in the past decade… as with Volume 1, this CD is a must for any Vaughan Williams enthusiast
Music from the Movies on Volume 2 (CHAN 10244)

As on previous instalments these are handsomely groomed performances from the BBC Philharmonic under Rumon Gamba in superbly natural and vivid sound. Michael Kennedy’s notes carry the requisite authority. All in all, a CD well worth snapping up by VW fans and film-music buffs alike.

Rumon Gamba secures exemplary results from his assembled forces…and the recording is spectacularly truthful to match. I’m already impatiently awaiting Volume 2.
Gramophone on Volume 1 (CHAN 10007)

…as with all of his [Gamba] British film music recordings, a model of how this sort of material should be put across. Of course sonics are state-of-the-art, and as with two previous instalments this is music-making and tone painting of the highest order.
American Record Guide


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