Williams: Greensleeves / Tallis / Lark
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Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasia; Fantasia on Greensleeves; The Lark Ascending etc.
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If you fall in love with this CD,I would recommend that you listen to Ralph's "Sinfonia Antartica." Completely unlike anything on this CD,but astounding nevertheless.Really...everything he composed is wonderful,so start with this CD and build yourself a R.V.W. library.
'Lark Ascending' shows the artistry of Vaughan Williams in displaying the interweaving of textures of violin solo's within the symphony of instruments. Again a very powerful melody blended by the interplay of the symphony and lovely violin solo by Iona Brown.
The other two works on this CD compliment the above mentioned pieces with their stunning richness of full symphonic textures of melodies and movement.
This is a CD one must have who is new or unfamiliar with Vaughan Williams work, I believe it to be one of the best works of any musician.
Greensleeves is emblematic of the English countryside and its melody, easily dismissed as the primped-up stuff of 'Rule Brittania' shops but so much more worthwhile than all that. Iona Brown's violin on 'The Lark Ascending' sounds as though crafted to play this piece once - enduringly- and then tossed like unused Eucharistic wine.
How, one wonders in aesthetic and rationally unguarded moments, could a nation that produced such music have lost an Empire? Or, more accurately, how could a people capable of such lyricism have done otherwise than believed - for an historical blink of an eye - in its own superiority?
That a coterie of *English* musicians should produce the definitive recording of these works is poetically appropriate.
That listeners of many tongues should listen and wonder at Williams' temperamental genius is simply a musical fact on the ground.
Begin Vaughan Williams with this recording. The rest are derivative.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Truly enjoy listening to this CD so much so that I gave a copy to a friend.Published 7 months ago by maaaam
I bought this just for Greensleaves, but the other pieces are also very good. A good album to buy.Published 10 months ago by Jane from Jamaica
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 13 months 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 14 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 15 months ago by Leslie Palanker