RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958): Saraband “Helen” for Tenor, Chorus and Orchestra (World Premiere Recording), Symphony No. 3 “Pastoral”, Symphony No. 4.
Catalogue Number: 03V007
Description: Offered for the nine-minute setting (drafted in 1913-14 but never completed), for tenor solo, chorus and orchestra, of the famous lines from Marlowe’s The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Doctor Faustus—‘Was this the face that launched a thousand ships?’—the face of Helen of Troy. Texts included. Admirers of the composer will surely hear foretastes of his Serenade to Music of 1938. David Butt Philip (tenor), BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins.