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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.

Douglas Bostock - The British Symphonic Collection [10CDs] (2012)

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Douglas Bostock - The British Symphonic Collection [10CDs] (2012)

Douglas Bostock - The British Symphonic Collection [10CDs] (2012)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.87 Gb | Total time: 07:16:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Classico | # 233316 | Recorded: 1998-2005

This 10-CD box set of British orchestral music brings together a mouth-watering selection from the enterprising series of discs that the English conductor Douglas Bostock has made with various orchestras for the Classico label.
Important British composers are certainly featured - there are CDs devoted to Elgar, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Bax and Arnold - but this imaginative collection also includes many surprises, just waiting to be discovered, such as symphonies by Frederic Cowen and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Alan Bush and Ruth Gipps, concertos for orchestra by Edward Gregson, Alun Hoddinott and John McCabe, plus a host of smaller works. The recordings here, many world premieres, date from 1998 to 2005.

Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2019)

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Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending (2019)

Andrew Manze, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’ (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 292 Mb | Total time: 69:23 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Onyx Classics | ONYX 4212 | Recorded: 2017, 2019

Following their hugely successful cycle of Vaughan Williams’ nine symphonies, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Andrew Manze in this album of the composer’s most popular shorter orchestral works. This disc features Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Fantasia on Greensleeves, The Lark Ascending and The Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus, as well as the rarely performed orchestral version of The Serenade to Music.

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013) [Re-Up]

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Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013) [Re-Up]

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013)
Vivaldi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Johannes Brahms, Arvo Pärt, Frédéric Chopin, P.I. Tchaikovsky
Jules Massenet, Max Bruch, Vittorio Monti, Nigel Hess, John Williams, Carlos Gardel

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 329 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 478 5338 DH | Time: 01:16:06

Just 26 years old, Nicola Benedetti has been making chart-topping recordings for 10 years. This album celebrates the best of those recordings, and her other successes – from winning the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2004, to her 2012 best-selling album ‘The Silver Violin’, the highest charting classical instrumental album in the UK of the last two decades. A collection of great violin music – from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending to the Tchaikovsky and Bruch violin concertos and Arvo Part’s Spiegel Im Spiegel. Featuring brand new recordings – Brahms’ invigorating Hungarian Dance no. 5, Monti’s ever-popular Czardas, and Chopin’s emotional Nocturne in C# minor. The album includes Nicola performing with leading orchestras and conductors, as well as some of her favorite chamber players. This album showcases the incredible range of Nicola’s playing and demonstrates her wide appeal. In January 2013 Nicola was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to music and charity.

Richard Hickox, The Sinfonia Chorus, Northern Sinfonia - Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love (2001)

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Richard Hickox, The Sinfonia Chorus, Northern Sinfonia - Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love (2001)

Richard Hickox, The Sinfonia Chorus, Northern Sinfonia - Vaughan Williams: Sir John in Love (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 591 Mb | Total time: 136:39 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 9928(2) | Recorded: 2000

There's no lack of glorious melody in Sir Johnin Love, and not just folksong cunningly interwoven.
Musically, what comes over strongly, more richly than ever before in this magnificent recording from Richard Hickox, is the way that the writing anticipates later Vaughan Williams, not just the radiant composer of the Fifth Symphony and Serenade to Music, with keychanges of heartstopping beauty, but the composer's darker side, with sharply rhythmic writing.

Peter Oundjian, Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto (2018)

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Peter Oundjian, Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto (2018)

Peter Oundjian, Toronto Symphony Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Piano Concerto; Oboe Concerto; Serenade to Music; Flos Campi (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 317 Mb | Total time: 82:21 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 5201 | Recorded: 2017

The British serialist Elisabeth Lutyens characterized Ralph Vaughan Williams as a member of the "cowpat school." The description is not only uncharitable but inaccurate: Vaughan Williams was interested not only in pastoralism but in war, religion (although he was an atheist), mysticism, the works of Shakespeare, American poetry, and much more. Musically he could sound, as in the Piano Concerto in C major heard here, like a pure Parisian neoclassicist, like a fairly hard-edged modernist, like a neo-Renaissance glorifier of British tradition, or, yes, like a pastoralist, as in the marvelous little Oboe Concerto in A minor on this Chandos release. But here's the thing: his treatment of pastoral, modal melodic ideas was endlessly varied. Sample the first movement of the oboe concerto and hear its formal freedom as the oboe weaves unpredictably in and out of the flow.