A present for me

At last it’s arrived this morning. My Christmas present in advance! “Ralph Waughan Williams: Choral Works“, a 2008 Hyperion 4 CD box set including Toward the Unknown Region, The Shepherds of the Delectable Mountains, A Song of Thanksgiving, The Pilgrim’s Progress, Five Mystical Songs, and so much more! Splendid performances of the Corydon Singers and Matthew Best as conductor. I think this is definitely one of the most rewarding purchase of  the year! =] I’d like to thank RobertCEvans for having recommended me the RVW recordings with Sir John Gielgud as speaker. Great voice.


About epogdous

I'm an italian student of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology in Sapienza University of Rome. Dispite my scientific interests (which range from structural biology to immunology, etc.) I cultivate a deep passion for classical music and in general for musicology. As a teen I studied the flute but basically I'm a self-taught pianist and composer. I'm well-acquainted with the music of 1850-1950 era. I generally don't like to say I have preferences for some composer in particular but I can't deny that Ralph Vaughan Williams and Charles Ives hold a great fascination to me. I think that the common message of their music is the transcendentalist precept "low living, high thinking".
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1 Response to A present for me

  1. Dana Prescott says:

    Hello! Just wanted to thank you SO MUCH for the YouTube posting of the “Sonatina For Piano And Violin” by Walter Piston — one of my favorite 20th Century composers! I happen to have a cassette dub of the VERY RARE version for harpsichord and violin, performed by Ralph Kirkpatrick and Alexander Schneider. I’ve not been able to obtain an actual hard copy of the disk — since it was apparently never reissued after it appeared in 1953 or ’54. I actually like the tonal qualities of the harpsichord version much better than the piano version…but I’m delighted to see your posting of the piano version. Piston — who taught Leonard Bernstein and Lukas Foss at Harvard, among many of his other illustrious students — is absolutely one of our gretest American composers, and vastly under-appreciated!

    Thanks again!

    –Dana Prescott, Amherst, MA

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