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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55070
Recording details: September 1987
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Charles Hilz
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: August 1988
Total duration: 7 minutes 52 seconds

'The London Brass Virtuosi are an accomplished group, and the sound is first class' (Gramophone)

'The playing itself, as you would imagine is first-rate and enjoyable' (Cathedral Music)

'Timeless and tuneful, the refreshing music on this medium priced reissue of a 1988 Hyperion recording is played with immense authority and affection by an ace ensemble' (The Inverness Courier)

Prelude on Three Welsh Hymn Tunes
composer
Ebenezer, Calfaria, Hyfrydol

Introduction
One of the leaders of the English musical renaissance of the twentieth century, Ralph Vaughan Williams lived a long life of great productivity. His work on behalf of English folksong was of great service to the nation and his belief that a composer should ‘make his art an expression of the whole life of the community’ may have surprised those who considered him very much his ‘own man’. There is indeed much that is paradoxical about this grand old man of English music, but there is no doubt about his musical integrity and achievement. Even though he wrote little for band there is no gainsaying the great musician’s imposing authority in the Prelude on Three Welsh Hymn Tunes of 1954 which followed an earlier organ work based on similar material.

The three hymn tunes—Ebenezer, Calfaria and Hyfrydol—are cleverly united in a masterly texture that is entirely characteristic of Vaughan Williams, with its well-built contrasts and superbly judged tempo changes. It is hardly surprising that this work has enjoyed much popularity as a music festival piece.

from notes by Peter Lamb 1988

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