Performed by baritone Julien Van Mellaerts and pianist James Baillieu
Vaughan Williams set nine poems from Robert Louis Stevenson’s collection “Songs of Travel and Other Verses” and the songs present a variety of emotional states of a die-hard but slightly weary traveller.
The cycle was first performed as a set of eight songs in 1904 and it wasn’t until after Vaughan Williams’ death in 1958 that the final song, “I have trod the upward and the downward slope”, was discovered in his papers and added.
I. The vagabond
II. Let beauty awake
III. The roadside fire
IV. Youth and love
V. In dreams
VI. The infinite shining heavens
VII. Whither must I wander
VIII. Bright is the ring of words
IX. I have trod the upward and the downward slope
Recorded by RNZ in the Dr John Gallagher Concert Chamber, Hamilton, 10 April 2019
Producer: Tim Dodd; Engineer: Adrian Hollay