A Cambridge Mass

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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS
A Cambridge Mass
Olivia Robinson (soprano), Rebecca Lodge (contralto), Christopher Bowen (tenor), Edward Price (baritone) / The Bach Choir, New Queen's Hall Orch, Alan

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In 1897 Vaughan Williams began work on his exercise for the degree of Doctor of Music from Cambridge University. He finished the degree work - what we now call A Cambridge Mass - in January, 1899 and was duly awarded the Doctorate in 1901. Despite talk of other honours in later years, he was proud to be known as Dr Ralph Vaughan Williams from that date on.

Vaughan Williams' period at Cambridge was to influence his character, friendships, ideals and musical development for the rest of his life.

"It might seem a dubious idea to take out of mothballs a work written specifically for its composer's Doctor of Music degree - surely a recipe for academic conformity and little else? Coming from Vaughan Williams, however, A Cambridge Mass also contains material of genuine quality...The performance has a likeable buzz of atmosphere, with four decently blending soloists, and pleasing orchestral playing on period instruments." (BBC Music)

"The Bach Choir and the New Queen's Hall Orchestra - particularly the brass - give a performance full of period character and verve...This is a portrait of an artist still under construction - a vivid and fascinating glimpse of Vaughan Williams before he was truly himself." (Gramophone)

Tracks:

The Lark Ascending
arr. for violin and piano by composer

Six Studies in English Folksong
arr. for violin and piano by composer

Violin Concerto in D minor 'Concerto Accademico'
arr. by Constant Lambert for violin and piano

Songs of Travel
for baritone and piano

The Pilgrim's Progress: three songs
arr. for baritone and piano by composer