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Williams: Complete Concertos

Ralph Vaughan Williams Audio CD
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  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (February 1, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B000000AUB
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Concerto Grosso For String Orchestra: I. Intrada - Ralph Vaughan Williams_
2. Concerto Grosso For String Orchestra: II. Burlesca Ostinata - Ralph Vaughan Williams_
3. Concerto Grosso For String Orchestra: III. Sarabande - Ralph Vaughan Williams_
4. Concerto Grosso For String Orchestra: IV. Scherzo - Ralph Vaughan Williams_
5. Concerto Grosso For String Orchestra: V. March And Reprise - Ralph Vaughan Williams_
6. Concerto For Oboe And Strings In A Minor: Rondo Pastoral. Allegro moderato - Ralph Vaughan Williams_
7. Concerto For Oboe And Strings In A Minor: II. Minuet and Musette. Allegro moderato - Ralph Vaughan Williams_
8. Concerto For Oboe And Strings In A Minor: III. Finale (Scherzo). Presto - doppio piu lento - Lento - Presto - Ralph Vaughan Williams_
9. Concerto For Violin And String Orchestra In D Minor (Concerto Accademico): I. Allegro pesante - Ralph Vaughan Williams_
10. Concerto For Violin And String Orchestra In D Minor (Concerto Accademico): II. Adagio - tranquillo - Ralph Vaughan Williams_
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Disc: 2
1. The Lark Ascending - Andante sostenuto - Allegretto tranquillo - R. Vaughan Williams
2. Piano Concerto In C Major: I. Toccata. Allegro moderato - Largamente - Cadenza - R. Vaughan Williams
3. Piano Concerto In C Major: II. Romanza. Lento - R. Vaughan Williams
4. Piano Concerto In C Major: III. Fuga chromatica... - R. Vaughan Williams
5. Piano Concerto In C Major: III. ...con Finale alla Tedesca - R. Vaughan Williams
6. Partita For Double String Orchestra: I. Prelude. Andante tranquillo - R. Vaughan Williams
7. Partita For Double String Orchestra: II. Scherzo Ostinato. Presto - R. Vaughan Williams
8. Partita For Double String Orchestra: III. Intermezzo. Andante con moto - R. Vaughan Williams
9. Partita For Double String Orchestra: IV. Fantasia. Allegro - R. Vaughan Williams
10. Toward The Unknown Region - Grave ma non troppo - R. Vaughan Williams

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5.0 out of 5 stars Incomparable English Music. January 12, 2006
Hard to believe I am the first review since this CD was a 1994 release.

The versions of ALL these pieces are as good or better than any that have preceded or come after. Most Vaughan Williams afficianados will already have most or all of them. But this CD is A MUST anyway...

First off...Chandos has even outdone itself regarding the sound quality. Everything here is like hearing it for the first time. The cleanest, clearest, richest, warmest sound I have ever heard put to these great compositions. With a wide dynamic range, the smoothest bottom and great front to back depth. you will hear things you've never heard before. Just plain hair raising Gorgeous.

The Concerto Grosso is beautifully done. revealing the kinship with The Tallis Fantasy more so than any I've ever heard. Just The Best on record. The Lark Ascending has never sounded richer on CD and the Oboe concerto brings a new standard for the competition. Not just the Oboe, but the warm sensual pastorale playing behind it. Also the seldom heard Two Hymn-Tune Prelude is Beautiful and serene. Everything else on this CD is at the top of it's game also. A Must for all fans of this greatest of English composers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Set July 24, 2008
This is a marvelous collection of the concertos written by Ralph Vaughan Williams. First is the Concerto Grosso dating from 1950 and brimming with beautiful melodies. The Oboe Concerto dates from 1944 and is an example of why Vaughan Williams' music is evocative of the English countryside. The Violin Concerto from 1924-25 is titled "Concerto Academico" probably referring to its neo-classical origin as a homage to Bach. The concerto has a pastoral feel to the music and the middle movement is especially tranquil and reflective with soaring melodies for the soloist.

The Tuba Concerto from 1954 is quite innovative and shows how fertile Vaughan Williams' imagination was when he was well into his 80's. The writing for the tuba is very inventive and reflects the composer's interest in this overlooked instrument. Aside from this, it is a lovely concerto that expresses the full range of the instrument and shows that the tuba, too, can be lyrical. The first disc concludes with Two Hymn-Tune Preludes scored for small orchestra. The music is nicely scored taking the original melodies and weaving them into pastoral images.

The second disc opens with the lovely The Lark Ascending, written by Vaughan Williams during the First World War (and was later revised). For me this music has always been the ideal expression of nature in music. The solo violin representing the lark of the title seems detached from the rest of the orchestra, just observing the land. The Piano Concerto of 1926-31 was admired by Bela Bartok. Vaughan Williams treats the instrument as a percussion instrument but his melodies are also engaging and tuneful, which makes the concertos neglect regrettable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great March 28, 2010
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Great, standard performances, very idiomatic, making up for slightly dated sound. Highly recommended , especially for VW fans.
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