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Portrait of Vaughan Williams [Box set]

R. Vaughan Williams Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Nimbus Records
  • ASIN: B00000I757
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Overture: The Wasps - Vaughan Williams
2. The Lark Ascending - Vaughan Williams
3. Fantasia On Greensleeves - Vaughan Williams
4. Oboe Concerto: I. Rondo Pastorale - Vaughan Williams
5. Oboe Concerto: II. Minuet And Musette - Vaughan Williams
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
2. Mass In G Minor: Gloria in excelsis - CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL CHOIR
4. Mass In G Minor: Sanctus Osanna I - Benedictus - Osanna II - CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL CHOIR
See all 13 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Phantasy Quintet: I. Prelude: Lento ma non troppo - V. Williams
2. Phantasy Quintet: II. Scherzo: Prestissimo - V. Williams
3. Phantasy Quintet: III. Alla Sarbanda: Lento - V. Williams
4. Phantasy Quintet: IV. Burlesca: Allegro moderato - V. Williams
5. String Quartet 1 In G Minor: I. Allegro moderato - V. Williams
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. An Oxford Elegy - Vaughan Williams
2. Flos Campi - Vaughan Williams
3. Te Deum - Vaughan Williams
4. O, Clap Your Hands - Vaughan Williams
5. The Old Hundreth Psalm Tune - Vaughan Williams

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An essential boxed set of RVWs work April 18, 2000
By William
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Originally, I was confused when I encountered this set, as it incorporates four formerly individual Nimbus releases, now deleted from their catalogue. Be warned, then, if you have Nimbus releases of 'An Oxford Elegy' (and other choral music), or of RVWs Chamber Music (including the 'Phantasy Quintet' and the 'String Quartet') - these are the same recordings!
That being said, if you don't have these titles, or you have them in another release, and you enjoy RVWs music, then you simply must add this anthology to your collection. These discs include the first recording of 'An Oxford Elegy' that I ever encountered; it is such a marvellous piece that you'll be scrambling for poetry anthologies to find bits of Matthew Arnold's 'Thyrsis' and 'The Scholar Gypsy' just to read along. 'Flos Campi' is a marvellous, almost impressionistic piece, which always brings an image of Roman legions marching slowly through Surrey to mind. The 'Phantasy Quintet' is exception, as is the 'String Quartet'. However, it is the recording of the 'Lark Ascending' (now sadly thieved by some cursèd auto manufacturer to flog their worthless vehicles) that is the high point of this, as it is of most, collections. Of course, I could be considered biased, as it is my all-time favourite piece of music. The collection is rounded out by, among others, the essential 'Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis' and an interesting selection of the Sacred and Secular songs, as well as three of RVWs Shakespeare treatments.
Nimbus recordings are first class, and under the skilled hand of William Boughton the English String Orchestra is incomparable. Words cannot bring to these works to the life that they have on hearing, whether first or repeated. They are absolutely something that must be experienced for themselves.
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