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An Introducton to Ralph Vaughan Williams

Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony/ The Lark Ascending etc.

The Classical Shop
release date: August 2006

Originally recorded in 2005

Artists:

London Philharmonic Orchestra


London Symphony Orchestra


Bryden Thomson


Vernon Handley



Record Label
Intro

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Violin

Total Time - 78:06
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An Introducton to Ralph Vaughan Williams

 

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

(1872-1958)
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1 

Overture to 'The Wasps'

10:16
  from the 'Aristophanic Suite' of incidental music to the play  
 Vernon Handley
2 

Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'

4:34
  Arranged by Ralph Greaves (d. 1966)  
 Bryden Thomson
3 

The Lark Ascending

15:36
  Romance for Violin and Orchestra  
  Michael Davis solo violin  
 Bryden Thomson
 

A London Symphony

47:41  
  (Symphony No. 2)  
4 I Lento - Allegro risoluto 14:49
5 II Lento 11:11
6 III Scherzo (Nocturne) - Allegro vivace 8:21
7 IV Andante con moto - Allegro - Epilogue 13:19
 Bryden Thomson
Vaughan Williams was the foremost English composer of the first half of the twentieth century. Strongly influenced by the English folksong he collected, Vaughan Williams’s music is strongly individual, yet owes something to the French style of Ravel and Debussy. The wide range of orchestral colour, visionary quality and power achieved in his music represents the essence of ‘Englishness’.

Here we have a veritable treasure trove of the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, including the ebullient Overture to The Wasps.

The Lark Ascending is the composer at his calmly lyrical best, and Michael Davis’s performance of the solo violin part is simply beautiful.

Those with a fondness for the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams are likely to have heard at least a few of these pieces before, and those familiar with the performing scene in England will probably recognise the name of Vernon Handley. If you belong to neither group, these extraordinarily satisfying performances will almost certainly make you a convert to the former and a loyal new follower of this distinguished conductor.

The Wasps overture – a rich reading more apt to summon up images of honey bees than wasps
International Record Review

The performances are excellent.
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