Sunday, July 11, 2010

Loch Lomond - Ralph Vaughan Williams

Two very similar renditions of the beautiful Scottish folk song, Loch Lomond, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams--

Number One:

Number Two:

The two versions are meant to sound alike because the singer in the first one is copying the second one. Now here's the kicker: The second version is a professional recording by the group Chanticleer. In the first one, all ten parts are sung by one man, overdubbing each voice on a computer using using Acoustica Mixcraft software and a $20 headset microphone. Whichever version you prefer, I think you'll agree that both versions are very moving.

1 comment:

Jill said...

Enjoyed listening to these with the British Open on TV in the background. Makes me wish I were in Scotland right now!

It's amazing what one guy can do with a computer and a $20 mike! I think I like his rendition better, partly because he sings "tak" rather than take. He did a really good job with all the parts and it sounds so organic. (I think that's the word I want to use.) Both versions really trail off at the end of their phrases. Wonder if that's true to the Ralph Vaughan Williams arrangement?