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Jennifer Bate - British Organ Music: Elgar And His Contemporaries (1995)

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Jennifer Bate - British Organ Music: Elgar And His Contemporaries (1995)

Jennifer Bate - British Organ Music: Elgar And His Contemporaries (1995)
EAC | WV | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 187 Mb | Scans included
Classical, Organ | Label: ASV | # CD QS 6160 | Time: 01:15:21

"Jennifer Bate is an excellent organist, not only for her virtuosity, but for her musicianship and sensitivity in choosing her timbre. She loves what she plays and knows how to make others love it too" (Olivier Messiaen).

Roger Norrington, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 'London', Tallis Fantastia (2000)

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Roger Norrington, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 'London', Tallis Fantastia (2000)

Roger Norrington, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 'London', Tallis Fantastia (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 277 Mb | Total time: 76:07 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 467 067-2 | Recorded: 1996, 1997

Roger Norrington's starrily cast Serenade to Music remains just as potently beautiful as it did on its initial appearance in 1997 while his clear-headed, defiantly dry-eyed conducting of the timeless Tallis Fantasia certainly offers plenty of food for thought. Nor can there be any grumbles about the startling range and fidelity of Decca's engineering throughout. It's the main item on the menu, however, which may well sharply divide opinion. Although the LPO responds in impressively clean-heeled fashion, Norrington rather fights shy of the London Symphony's breathtakingly varied range of emotions, and anyone familiar with, say, Boult's classic mono recording will surely crave far more in the way of passionate fervour and symphonic thrust.

Richard Hickox, Northern Sinfonia - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea; Household Music; Flos Campi (2015)

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Richard Hickox, Northern Sinfonia - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea; Household Music; Flos Campi (2015)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Riders to the Sea; Household Music; Flos Campi (2015)
Soloists, Northern Sinfonia, conducted by Richard Hickox

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 296 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 183 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Opera | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10870X | Time: 01:18:42

As he proved with his recording of A London Symphony – Record of the Year, Gramophone Awards 2001 – Richard Hickox was a Vaughan Williams specialist. This reissue of an original 1995 recording features such lesser known works from the composer as Household Music and Flos Campi. Alternating between the passionate and the tortured, between long-breathed lyricism and moments of obvious pain, Flos Campi has never really found itself in the mainstream concert repertoire, maybe because of its title, misleadingly suggesting jolly music. Household Music has equally suffered from its title, rather an off-hand one for pieces that at their best show the composer’s brilliance as an arranger. Riders to the Sea, however, is a masterpiece, seen as the finest as well as the most concentrated of Vaughan Williams’s works for the stage, conjuring up multiple layers of emotional response to the natural world, a losing battle with the sea, and the God which rules it, for the islanders in the North Atlantic.

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Soloists, Martyn Brabbins - Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony & Other Works (2017)

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BBC Symphony Orchestra, Soloists, Martyn Brabbins - Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony & Other Works (2017)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony; Sound Sleep;
Orpheus With His Lute; Variations for brass band (2017)
Elizabeth Watts (soprano); Mary Bevan (soprano); Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano)
Royal College of Music Brass Band; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68190 | Time: 01:12:25

Ralph Vaughan Williams' A London Symphony, otherwise known as the Symphony No. 2 in G major, was composed between 1911 and 1913, and premiered in 1914. After the score was lost in the mail, reconstructed from the short score and orchestral parts, and revised twice, the symphony was published at last in 1920, though it was ultimately replaced by the definitive version in 1936, with cuts to the about 20 minutes of the original material. This recording by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra presents the 1920 version, along with three short works, Sound sleep for female voices and small orchestra, Orpheus with his lute for voice and orchestra, and the Variations for brass band. The filler pieces are delightful rarities that Vaughan Williams specialists will find of some interest, though most listeners will prize this recording for the energetic and colorful performance of the symphony, which is one of the composer's most vivid and satisfying works.

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Williams: On Wenlock Edge, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (2003)

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Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Williams: On Wenlock Edge, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (2003)

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Norfolk Rhapsody No.1, The Lark Ascending, In the Fen Country (2003)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 77:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 5 85151 2 | Recorded: 1986, 1994, 1997

If there were an international style of conducting Vaughan Williams', Bernard Haitink would be its foremost practitioner. But although there have been international conductors who have taken up Vaughan Williams' very, very English music, virtually all of them took him up with English orchestras. Slatkin, Stokowski, even Rozhdestvensky used English conductors when they led their Vaughan Williams, and Haitink, the most international of international conductors, used the London Philharmonic for his Vaughan Williams. Ultimately, no matter how international Haitink's interpretations may be, his Vaughan Williams performance sounds as English as shepherd's pie.

Ellen Nisbeth, Bengt Forsberg - Let Beauty Awake: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Benjamin Britten (2017)

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Ellen Nisbeth, Bengt Forsberg - Let Beauty Awake: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Benjamin Britten (2017)

Let Beauty Awake: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Rebecca Clarke, Benjamin Britten (2017)
Ellen Nisbeth, viola; Bengt Forsberg, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~316 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 186 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-SACD-2182 | Time: 01:20:19

Despite her youth, Ellen Nisbeth has received acclaim both in her native Sweden and abroad and is one of the Rising Stars selected by the European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) for the 2017/2018 season. A former student of London's Royal College of Music, she hails from a family of Scottish origin and feels a particular affinity for the landscapes of Scotland, and for the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. For her first recital disc Ellen Nisbeth has devised an all-British programme which includes her own transcriptions of selected songs from Songs of Travel – Ralph Vaughan Williams's settings of poems by Stevenson. The songs intersperse the remainder of the programme, and one of them – Let Beauty Awake – has also lent its title to the entire disc. Together with the eminent pianist and chamber musician Bengt Forsberg, Nisbeth goes on to perform the impassioned Viola Sonata composed in 1919 by Rebecca Clarke – a well-known piece among viola-players, but deserving of a wider audience.

Hilary Hahn, London SO, Sir Colin Davis - Elgar: Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004) [Re-Up]

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Hilary Hahn, London SO, Sir Colin Davis - Elgar: Violin Concerto; Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004) [Re-Up]

Edward Elgar: Violin Concerto; Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2004)
Hilary Hahn, violin; London Symphony Orchestra; Sir Colin Davis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 291 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 151 Mb | Scans ~ 165 Mb
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 00289 474 5042 | Time: 01:06:04

Elgar’s Violin Concerto has a certain mystique about it independent of the knee-jerk obeisance it has received in the British press. It probably is the longest and most difficult of all Romantic violin concertos, requiring not just great technical facility but great concentration from the soloist and a real partnership of equals with the orchestra. And like all of Elgar’s large orchestral works, it is extremely episodic in construction and liable to fall apart if not handled with a compelling sense of the long line. In reviewing the score while listening to this excellent performance, I was struck by just how fussy Elgar’s indications often are: the constant accelerandos and ritards, and the minute (and impractical) dynamic indications that ask more questions than they sometimes answer. No version, least of all the composer’s own, even attempts to realize them all: it would be impossible without italicizing and sectionalizing the work to death.

Richard Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Hodie, Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1990)

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Richard Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Hodie, Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1990)

Richard Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Hodie, Fantasia on Christmas Carols (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 268 Mb | Total time: 69:21 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDC 7 54138 2 | Recorded: 1990

In 1990, Richard Hickox recorded Ralph Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Hodie: A Christmas Cantata for EMI, two holiday choral favorites that complement each other well, despite having been created more than four decades apart. The subdued, folk-inspired quality of much of Vaughan Williams' music remained more or less constant through the years in his choral writing, so even though he adopted a more sophisticated and sometimes astringent style in later years, including irregular rhythms and spiky dissonances that never would have passed in the music of his youth, there is a common thread in his choices of modes and harmonies that unites both cantatas.

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica (1986)

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Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica (1986)

Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra – Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica (1986)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 167 Mb | Total time: 41:38 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # CDC 7 47516 2 | Recorded: 1985

This disc, suitably and finely recorded with depth in 1985, is a very fine rendition of Vaughan Williams' seventh symphony, subtitled Antarctica, reflecting the source of its inspiration. The film depicts Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole and Vaughan Williams was commissioned to write the music. While doing so, he became so engrossed by the subject that he reworked much of the material into his next symphony. The degree of reworking combined with fresh material took the music out of the realm of a film score suite and more properly into a symphonic conception.

Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Part, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)

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Chamber Orchestra of Europe - Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Part, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)

Lachrymae - Music for Strings: Purcell, Britten, Pärt, Vaughan Williams, Walton, Tippett (2012)
Chamber Orchestra of Europe; Nicolas Bône (viola)
Douglas Boyd, William Conway, Richard Egarr (conductors)

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 288 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 175 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Apex | # 2564 66070-5 | Time: 01:12:00

This CD is one of two Warner Classics recordings taped live during a series of concerts presented by the world renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe during Easter Week 2003. The title for the concert series, presented in London, was Passions and Diversions as the works relate to different aspects of reflection and inspiration. In this program, Britten and Stokowski interpret works by Purcell in their own idioms; Britten draws on his English musical roots to inspire an original work, Lachrymae and Britten himself is the source of inspiration in Pärt’s Cantus. In the case of the Vaughan Williams, Tippett and Walton works, the inspirations are other composers and literature. The Chamber Orchestra of Europe has been described in The Financial Times as “the best orchestra in Europe.” The COE was founded in 1981 and has a membership of 50 musicians from 15 countries who perform together mainly in continental Europe and occasionally in the US and Japan. Since its inception, it has appeared with the world’s leading conductors and soloists, and its recordings have consistently won the highest praise and international prizes, including three Gramophone “Record of the Year” awards.

Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 (2018)

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Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 (2018)

Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 6 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 243 Mb | Total time: 70:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Onyx Classics ‎| ONYX 4184 | Recorded: 2017

Andrew Manze's interpretations of Vaughan Williams' Symphonies have been met with acclaim from audiences and critics alike. This third album in the series contains two masterpieces. The 5th Symphony of 1943 displaying a 'greatness of soul' as one commentator at the time wrote, draws on material for 'The Pilgrims Progress' from 1906. The 6th Symphony of 1944-7 stunned the audience at it's premiere - some tried to explain the works last movement as depicting a nuclear wasteland.

Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony, Symphony No. 4 (2017)

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Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony, Symphony No. 4 (2017)

Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony, Symphony No. 4 (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 248 Mb | Total time: 68:49 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Onyx Classics ‎| ONYX 4161 | Recorded: 2016

Andrew Manze's interpretations of Vaughan Williams's Symphonies have met with acclaim from audiences and critics alike. This second volume in his complete symphony cycle with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra features Symphonies Nos.3 and 4. These two works were heavily influenced by the Great War and its aftermath. Full of repressed rage and sorrow at the futility of the war, Symphony No.3 is often seen as a war requiem. Symphony No.4 is a violent and turbulent work, reflecting the post Great War world and the political turmoil of the 1930s. Both works are illuminated by Manze's distinguished leadership.

Jennifer Pike, Sina Kloke - Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending; Suite of Six Short Pieces; The Solent; Fantasia (2016) Re-Up

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Jennifer Pike, Sina Kloke - Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending; Suite of Six Short Pieces; The Solent; Fantasia (2016) Re-Up

Ralph Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending;
Suite of Six Short Pieces; The Solent; Fantasia (2016)
Chamber Orchestra of New York, conducted by Salvatore Di Vittorio
Jennifer Pike, violin; Sina Kloke, piano

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 229 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 149 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.573530 | Time: 01:02:23

Vaughan Williams withdrew or destroyed many works from his earliest period, but he considered The Solent, with its haunting opening and luminous polyphonic textures, as among his ‘most important works’. The Fantasia is his earliest known piece for solo instrument with orchestra and contains some of his most bravura writing, contrasting with the graceful geniality of the Suite. Depicting a sublimely pastoral scene and now one of the best loved pieces ever written, Vaughan Williams called The Lark Ascending a ‘romance’, a term reserved for his most profoundly lyrical works.

Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)

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Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)

Benjamin Appl, James Baillieu - Heimat (2017)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 235 Mb | Total time: 66:54 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 88985393032 | Recorded: 2016, 2017

German-born baritone Benjamin Appl studied with the legendary Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, whose voice his own resembles on the surface. But then he moved to England and has stayed on there. Heimat (Homeland) is not just an exploration of that German concept, but a personal statement and even a bit of an autobiography, with notes from the artist himself (find these if you listen via download or stream) explaining the resonances of each individual song. This kind of personal connection is what classical music in general needs right now, and all the more so in the rather closed tradition of the German Lied.

Tasmin Little, BBC PO, Sir Andrew Davis - The Lark Ascending: Works by Moeran, Delius, Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams (2013)

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Tasmin Little, BBC PO, Sir Andrew Davis - The Lark Ascending: Works by Moeran, Delius, Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams (2013)

The Lark Ascending: E.J. Moeran - Violin Concerto (2013)
and works by Frederick Delius, Gustav Holst, Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Tasmin Little (violin); BBC Philharmonic; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10796 | Time: 01:15:44

Tasmin Little's 2013 release on Chandos is an exploration of lush and lyrical music for violin and orchestra, composed by the leading British composers of the early 20th century, and it is an album of remarkable depth and beauty. Opening the program is the Concerto for violin & orchestra by E.J. Moeran, which sets the mood for the disc with its long-breathed, melancholy lines and pastoral atmosphere. While this is a technically challenging work that shows Little to her best advantage as a virtuoso, listeners may come away from the piece recalling its sweet ambience more than its flashiness. The same could also be said for Frederick Delius' Légende, Gustav Holst's A Song of the Night, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, all three of which provide tests for the violinist's skills, yet are filled with such gorgeous music that listeners may only remember the general opulence of the scores. Also included are premiere recordings of Roger Turner's arrangements of Edward Elgar's Chanson de matin, Chanson de nuit, and Salut d'amour, which in orchestration, mood, and style fit the rest of the album nicely.