- Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras
- Gymnopedie for piano No.1
- Gymnopedie for piano No.2
- Adagio for strings (or string quartet; arr. from 2nd mvt. of String Quartet), Op. 11
- Pavane, for orchestra & chorus ad lib in F sharp minor, Op. 50
- Irish Tune from County Derry (Londonderry Air), folk song for string orchestra with 2 horns ad lib. (BFMS 15)
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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Barber: Adagio for Strings; Grainger: Irish Tune from County based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I've heard Williams' "Fantasia" performed live by two orchestras, and in both instances, they brutally raped the music. The piece holds enormous potential for the listener's mind to create imagery, but not if it's performed with a complete lack of sensitivity. Leonard Slatkin obviously knew this when he conducted the orchestra for this performance. What they do with it is nothing short of magic. The rest of the cuts on the CD are gorgeous, too. Just buy it, and be prepared to set aside an entire afternoon listening to it over and over again. Warning: Have Kleenex available. I used to play "Fantasia" as a demo cut for customers when I was in audio retailing. It regularly made women cry.
I wish to thank the writer of the review that recommended this recording. It is far superior to others I had previously heard. It has a permanent place in my CD player.