29 Jul 2019

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Songs of Travel

From Music Alive, 8:04 pm on 29 July 2019
Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu

Julien Van Mellaerts and James Baillieu Photo: Supplied

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.

  • The vagabond
  • Let beauty awake
  • The roadside fire
  • Youth and love
  • In dreams
  • The infinite shining heavens
  • Whither must I wander
  • Bright is the ring of words
  • 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