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Marriner's evergreen 1972 recording of favorite shorter works by Vaughan Williams has yet to be surpassed for warmth of conception and smoothness of execution. The soloists in these accounts (among them William Bennett in the Greensleeves Fantasia and Iona Brown in the Lark Ascending) are all first-rate, and the Academy's strings play with polish and great beauty of sound. The analog recording is excellent, and Marriner's remarkable empathy for the music comes across effortlessly. Some listeners may prefer the richer sonority and arrestingly mystical manner of Marriner's 1993 digital remake of the Tallis Fantasia for Philips, but this disc offers the most desirable coupling of other works and remains a first choice for those interested in getting to know the composer's finest short essays. --Ted Libbey
Maybe it's because this was the first classical record I ever bought with my own money, $3.99 for the vinyl I wish I still had, but this is my benchmark for these works. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Uncle John 5oh
A truly sublime recording......it doesn't get much better than this. Iona Brown's performance of ' The Lark Ascending' is other-worldly. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Julia Thornton
As it was said, this music, the Fantasia on a thème by Thomas Tallis, is Ralph Vaugn Williams defining work and it is sublime.Published 3 months ago by Leslie Palanker
I heard Tallis Fantasia one afternoon on public radio. While I love classical music in general, something about this piece had a haunting beauty. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Joseph L.