O Thou Transcendent: The Life of Ralph Vaughan Williams

Overview

This in-depth, feature length documentary explores the controversial life of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Often dismissed as a happy folk hero, Williams was in fact often frustrated and unhappy with both his small town life and his obligations to care for his invalid wife. Exploring both his musical and personal legacy, the film paints a multidimensional portrait of the artist. ~ Cammila Collar
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Overview

This in-depth, feature length documentary explores the controversial life of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. Often dismissed as a happy folk hero, Williams was in fact often frustrated and unhappy with both his small town life and his obligations to care for his invalid wife. Exploring both his musical and personal legacy, the film paints a multidimensional portrait of the artist. ~ Cammila Collar
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/26/2008
  • UPC: 604388698127
  • Original Release: 2007
  • Source: Tony Palmer Films
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:28:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,199

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
The National Orchestra of Hungarian Radio Participant
The National Youth Orchestra Participant
Adrian Boult Participant
Nicola Benedetti Participant
The Archbishop of Canterbury Participant
Jordi Savall Participant
The BBC Chorus Participant
Stephen Jackson Participant
Anna Stéphany Participant
Simon Keenlyside Participant
Joan Rodgers Participant
Martin Carthy Participant
Eliza Carthy Participant
Harrison Birtwistle Participant
English Chamber Orchestra Participant
London Philharmonic Orchestra Participant
Gloucester Cathedral Choir Participant
John Adams Participant
Neil Tennant Participant
Richard Thompson Participant
Mark-Anthony Turnage Participant
Michael Kennedy Participant
Roy Douglas Participant
David Willcocks Participant
Lady Barbirolli Participant
Kiffer Finzi Participant
Imogen Holst Participant
Michael Tippett Participant
Lord Armstrong Participant
Bill Llewellyn Participant
Milo Keynes Participant
André Previn Participant
Brian Kay Participant
Stephen Johnson Participant
Jerrold Northrop Moore Participant
Hervey Fisher Participant
Jill Balcon Participant
John Amis Participant
John Noble Participant
Tom Allen Participant
Barbara Dickson Participant
Sarah Walker Participant
Hugh Cobbe Participant
Ursula Vaughan Williams Participant
Sian Edwards Conductor
Sian Edwards Conductor
Andrew Nethsingha Conductor
Tamas Vasary Conductor
Technical Credits
Tony Palmer Director, Editor
Kim Peat Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- O Thou Transcendent: The Life of Ralph Vaughan Williams
1. 'The Lark Ascending' [4:33]
2. Symphony No.4 [4:19]
3. 'Greensleeves' & Childhood [3:31]
4. 'On Wenlock Edge', Charterhouse & Holst [7:28]
5. Cambridge & the Royal College [2:47]
6. Folk Song & 'The Norfolk Rhapsody' [8:46]
7. 'Dives and Lazarus' [2:31]
8. Symphony No.2, 'A Symphony By a Londoner' [2:11]
9. The English Hymnal [4:17]
10. Symphony No.1, 'The Sea Symphony' [7:04]
11. The Tallis Fantasia [8:15]
12. Symphony No.6 [4:02]
13. Previn, Boult & the London Symphony [2:55]
14. 'Linden Lea' & the Slushy Puddings [4:21]
15. Adeline Fisher [10:59]
16. The Leith Hill Festival [4:45]
17. Terrible Handwriting & Must Do Better [8:04]
18. 'Job' [4:54]
19. War Work [2:04]
20. Music for Films - Symphony No.7 [9:08]
21. The BBC, the Arts Council & the National Youth Orchestra [3:14]
22. Friendship & 'The Sky Above the Roof' [6:07]
23. Symphony No.5 & Ursula Wood [5:30]
24. The Coronation & 'The Old Hundredth' [1:35]
25. Symphony No.8 [3:29]
26. 'The Pilgrim's Progress' [3:27]
27. 'The Call' From 'Five Mystical Songs' [1:10]
28. 'Riders to the Sea' [1:59]
29. Symphony No.6 [3:59]
30. Symphony No.9 [2:41]
31. Westminster Abbey [2:46]
32. Coda [3:14]
33. End Titles [1:09]
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