Everybody's Vaughan Williams

Everybody's Vaughan Williams

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/12/2008
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408073823
catalogNumber: 80738
Rank: 96381

Tracks

  1. Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John In Love")
  2. Symphony No. 5 in D major
  3. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras
  4. Symphony No. 2 in G major ("A London Symphony")
  5. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra

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Everybody's Vaughan Williams 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Goaltender More than 1 year ago
One of the great joys of classical recordings on CD is their low price in relation to other musical genres. Often, the collections so priced are actually topnotch performances and recordings. "Everybody's Vaughan Williams", regrettably, is not this sort of cut-rate treasure. But as a good basic compendium, as music for the car, or as a tool to introduce a friend to this composer, it still delivers the goods. The performances are solid and competent on Symphonies 2 and 5, and the orchestra excels itself on the iconic "Thomas Tallis", delivering a performance that strikes a nice balance between tenderness and grandeur. "The Lark Ascending" struck me as a bit listless, but that could easily be personal prejudice, as it's not one of my favorite pieces from this composer. If I'd been producing this album, I might have included the first Norfolk Rhapsody and the bouncy "English Folk Song Suite", to make it more fully representative of Vaughan Williams' body of work. But not my call, thankfully. Does this measure up to the Neville Marriner/St. Martin in The Fields collection, in performance or recording quality? No, and no. But is it a good workmanlike effort which can put some beautiful, stirring music in front of the public at a very affordable price. Yes, it is--and for what it is, it represents good fun and good value. Get it--you'll be pleased on several levels.