Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi & Suite - McEwen: Viola Concerto
Ralph Vaughan Williams / John McEwen

Vaughan Williams: Flos Campi & Suite - McEwen: Viola Concerto

Lawrence Power / BBC National Orchestra of Wales

CDA 67839 - 0034571178394

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Lawrence Power has established himself as the most sought-after violist of his generation and his sumptuous tone and persuasive interpretations have lead to many comparisons with the pioneering British violist Lionel Tertis. Indeed, the three works on this disc were written for Tertis, who did so much to broaden the instrument’s musical repertoire and raise its status to an accepted solo instrument.
The two Vaughan Williams works display an unabashed romanticism and pastoral elegance. Flos Campi, meaning ‘Flower of the field’, was completed in 1925 and puzzled audiences with its ambiguous form and unusual orchestration. Despite the prominent solo viola and wordless chorus, it is neither a concerto nor a choral work. The seamless viola line moves in unity with the orchestra and the chorus appears as a body of instruments, creating an effect of mesmerizing beauty and calm. The little-performed Suite for viola and small orchestra was written ten years later and contains some of the composer’s most lyrical inventions.
The lush orchestration and memorable themes in Sir John McEwen’s 1901 concerto expose this large-scale work as a neglected gem of the viola repertoire and Power’s performance is sure to set a new benchmark. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, under the expert and unfailingly sensitive guidance of Martyn Brabbins, provides expert backing throughout.

Tracklisting
  • 1
    Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra
    Group 1 No 1. Prelude
    03:06
  • 2
    Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra
    Group 1 No 2. Carol
    02:29
  • 3
    Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra
    Group 1 No 3. Christmas Dance
    01:54
  • 4
    Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra
    Group 2 No 1. Ballad
    05:59
  • 5
    Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra
    Group 2 No 2. Moto perpetuo
    03:30
  • 6
    Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra
    Group 3 No 1. Musette
    03:34
  • 7
    Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra
    Group 3 No 2. Polka mélancolique
    02:54
  • 8
    Suite for Viola and Small Orchestra
    Group 3 No 3. Galop
    02:11
  • 9
    Viola Concerto
    I. Allegro moderato
    14:40
  • 10
    Viola Concerto
    II. Allegretto grazioso
    08:48
  • 11
    Viola Concerto
    III. Allegro con brio
    07:46
  • 12
    Flos Campi
    I. Lento
    02:44
  • 13
    Flos Campi
    II. Andante con moto
    03:13
  • 14
    Flos Campi
    III. Allegro con brio
    02:56
  • 15
    Flos Campi
    IV. Moderato alla marcia
    01:56
  • 16
    Flos Campi
    V. Andante quasi lento
    03:09
  • 17
    Flos Campi
    VI. Moderato tranquillo
    05:48