Ralph Vaughan Williams

Studies in English Folk Song (6) for cello (or violin, viola, clarinet) & piano

    Description by Mark Satola

    Written for cellist May Mukle, the Six Studies in English Folk Song also exist in alternate versions for clarinet, violin and viola, and have further been effectively played on bassoon. These pensive studies (only the last one is in a lively tempo) go beyond simple harmonization of a melody. Vaughan Williams employs his usual effective writing for stringed instruments to create miniature rhapsodies on the folk songs Lovely on the Water, Spurn Point, Van Diemen's Land, She Borrowed Some of Her Mother's Gold, The Lady and the Dragoon and the jaunty As I walked Over London Bridge. No great virtuosic demands are made on the cellist, who must nevertheless play with insight and a touch of self-effacement, allowing the poignant songs to reveal their own considerable beauties.

    Parts/Movements

    1. Adagio in E modal minor (Lovely on the Water)
    2. Andante sostenuto in E flat major (Spurn Point)
    3. Larghetto in D modal minor (Van Dieman's Land)
    4. Lento (She Borrowed Some of Her Mother's Gold)
    5. Andante tranquillo in C major (The Lady and the Dragoon)
    6. Allegro vivace (As I Walked Over London Bridge)

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2019 Hyperion CDA 68253
    2019 Naxos 8574035
    2019 ABC Classics 4817925
    2019 Sony Classical 19075944692
    2019 Albion ALBCD 036
    2018 IBS Classical IBS 42018
    2018 Chandos CHAN 10969
    2017 Blue Griffin Recording BG 439
    2017 EMEC (Editorial de Musica Espanola) EMEC 119
    2016 La Dolce Volta LDV 22
    2016 Ravello Records RR 7934
    2015 Antes Edition BM 319295
    2014 Mark Masters 51280MCD
    2014 Albion ALBCD 018
    2014 Naxos 8573191
    2013 Champs Hill Records CHRCD 051
    2010 Centaur Records 3107
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099921615
    2008 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099920663
    2007 Eroica Distribution 3276
    2007 Gallo 1211
    2005 Endeavour 1013
    2005 Denson Paul Pollard dppollard2
    2005 Deutsche Grammophon 002894775280
    2003 Clarinet Classics 46
    2002 Centaur Records 2570
    2002 ASV 8520
    2002 Hyperion CDA67313
    2001 Klavier Records 11113
    1999 ATMA Classique 22187
    1999 Clarinet Classics 25
    1999 Chandos 2409
    1999 Carlton 00212
    1997 Channel Crossings 10497
    1996 Carlton 6600132
    1995 Summit Records 129
    1994 Crystal Records Dist. 733
    1994 ASV 891
    1994 EMI Music Distribution 65100
    1993 ASV 535
    1992 Chandos 8683
    BBC Music Magazine 126
    Potenza Music 1004
    Cala / Cala Records CACD 77016
    Dutton Vocalion 7153
    Potenza 1002
    Pro-Arte Records 595