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Maggini Quartet - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2001)

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Maggini Quartet - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2001)

Maggini Quartet - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Phantasy Quintet; String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2 (2001)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 318 Mb | Total time: 66:29 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Naxos | # 8.555300 | Recorded: 2000

The Maggini Quartet, even more responsive than on their previous discs of British music, give revelatory performances of works that too often have been underestimated, regarded as mere diversions from the composer’s regular path. The Magginis find a rare clarity and warmth in both quartets. The First was written soon after Vaughan William’s studies with Ravel in Paris, with obvious echoes not just of Ravel but of the Debussy Quartet. The Second Quartet dates from 1942 to 1943, written in the crucial gap between the lyrical Symphony No. 5 and the abrasive No. 6. Most revelatory of all is the Maggini performance of the Phantasy Quintet of 1912, a masterpiece long neglected, weighty and compressed.

Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013)

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Nicola Benedetti - The Violin (2013)

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.

Matthew Best, English Chamber Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Serenade To Music, Flos Campi, Mystical Songs (1990)

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Matthew Best, English Chamber Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Serenade To Music, Flos Campi, Mystical Songs (1990)

Matthew Best, English Chamber Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Serenade To Music, Flos Campi, Mystical Songs (1990)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 241 Mb | Total time: 68:16 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA66420 | Recorded: 1990

This disc of Vaughan Williams favorites has been a bestseller since its original release. Featured works include the composer's Serenade to Music, Five Mystical Songs, Flos Campi and the Fantasia on Christmas Carols. Matthew Best leads his Corydon Singers and the English Chamber Orchestra in a recording that is guaranteed to please.

Martyn Brabbins, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 3 'Pastoral', Symphony No 4 (2020)

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Martyn Brabbins, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 3 'Pastoral', Symphony No 4 (2020)

Martyn Brabbins, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 3 'Pastoral', Symphony No 4 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 80:57 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA 68280 | Recorded: 2019

This program from the BBC Symphony Orchestra features compelling performances of two very different symphonies. The complex, visionary pantheism of Vaughan Williams's 'Pastoral' is an ideal foil for the unbridled ferocity of his Symphony No.4. The album includes an special bonus - Martyn Brabbins's idiomatic realization of Saraband 'Helen' - heard here in it's first recording.

Glorious Majesty - Music for English Kings & Queens [3CDs] (2012)

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Glorious Majesty - Music for English Kings & Queens [3CDs] (2012)

Glorious Majesty - Music for English Kings & Queens: Handel, Purcell, Byrd, Britten, Elgar, Walton, Williams [3CDs] (2012)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1,06 Gb | Total time: 72:12+76:44+78:28 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 3 27285 2

Glorious Majesty Music for English Kings and Queens is a 3CD collection of classical music written for English Kings and Queens through the ages. From Elizabeth I to Elizabeth II (via Queen Mary II, Queen Anne, George II, Edward VI, and George V) the collection includes the much-loved classics Handel s Zadok the Priest and Music for the Royal Fireworks, Parry s I was glad, Elgar s Coronation March, Walton s Crown Imperial and Orb and Sceptre, and not forgetting Elgar s arrangement of the National Anthem

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - The British Project (2021)

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Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - The British Project (2021)

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra - The British Project: Elgar, Britten, Walton, Vaughan Williams (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 421 Mb | Total time: 71:55 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 486 1547 | Recorded: 2019-2021

The British Project is composed of four separate performances by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and its young conductor, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, issued as digital-only single performances by the Deutsche Grammophon label during the pandemic and compiled into a single album in 2021. It's not clear whether the whole thing was in the performers' sights at the beginning, but it may as well have been; it's a coherent and effective program. With Elgar's lovely Sospiri, Op. 70, as a kind of preamble, Gražinytė-Tyla launches into Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20. This work is not exactly obscure, but it's a youthful piece much less often heard than its cousin, the War Requiem, Op. 66.

The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell - 'Rejoice, the Lord is king!': Great Hymns from Westminster Abbey (2014)

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The Choir of Westminster Abbey, James O'Donnell - 'Rejoice, the Lord is king!': Great Hymns from Westminster Abbey (2014)

'Rejoice, the Lord is king!': Great Hymns from Westminster Abbey (2014)
Robert Quinney, organ; The Choir of Westminster Abbey; James O'Donnell, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 326 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Choral | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68013 | Time: 01:08:46

This 2014 Hyperion collection of 22 hymns sung by the Choir of Westminster Abbey is a straightforward presentation of familiar versions for choir and organ. For the most part, the arrangements are conventional four-part settings, with occasional interpolations of seldom-heard harmonizations and descants, and the performances by the men and boys are appropriately reverent and joyous. The majority of selections are hymns of praise, including Praise, my soul, the king of heaven; Thine be the glory; and Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, though Drop, drop slow tears; I bind unto myself today; and Let all mortal flesh keep silence bring a more somber and penitential mood to the program. The recordings were made in late 2012 and early 2013 in Westminster Abbey, so the sound of the album is typically resonant and spacious, and the choir has a well-blended tone, though the trade-off for the glorious acoustics is a loss of clarity in some of the words.

Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' (1997) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Neville Marriner & Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields - Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' (1997) 2CD
Ralph Vaughan Williams - Peter Warlock - George Butterworth - Frederick Delius - Edward Elgar

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 630 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 348 Mb | Scans ~ 15 Mb
Genre: Classical | Label: Decca | # 452 707-2 | Time: 02:29:40

This is not strictly a compilation of what the British would term "light music," for there is music of substantial weight on these two discs: e.g., Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending, Butterworth's A Shropshire Lad, and Elgar's Introduction and Allegro, but for the most part, Marriner and his charges offer less weighty fare that is familiar to many classical music-lovers and certainly dear to the heart of Anglophiles like this writer. From Vaughan Williams's perennial favorites, Fantasia on Greensleeves and the English Folk Song Suite, and George Butterworth's nigh-ubiquitous The Banks of Green Willow to less familiar fare like Delius's Serenade (composed to honor the 70th birthday of Frederick Delius) and the suite from Elgar's incomplete opera The Spanish Lady, this compilation of recordings–originally made in 1968, 1972, 1976, and 1979–embodies the spirit of England and does so faultlessly. This is a well chosen and exemplarily executed collection of English orchestral miniatures proffered by a conductor and orchestra whose names have become synonymous with the repertoire.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 3 (2021)

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Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 3 (2021)

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon [55CDs] Part 3 (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 619 Mb | Total time: 02:37:18 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 483 9948 | Recorded: 1982-2018

Anticipating the 50th anniversary of Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in 2022, we present their complete recordings on DG. The intriguing sound culture of Orpheus, especially of the string section, is often explained as a result of the cooperative mindset of the orchestra and its artistic process of rehearsing.

Martyn Brabbins, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (2020)

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Martyn Brabbins, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (2020)

Martyn Brabbins, BBC Symphony Orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 282 Mb | Total time: 66:59 | Scans included
Classical | Hyperion | CDA68325 | Recorded: 2018, 2019

This release is part of the complete cycle of Vaughan Williams' symphonies undertaken by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the energetic Martyn Brabbins holding the baton. Like others in the series, the reading of the Symphony No. 5 is a strong performance, understated in the English way, with themes arising naturally, as if organically. Listen to the emergence of the second theme in the opening movement for a good idea of what to expect from the whole. The big news here is the presence of a new Vaughan Williams work: the Scenes Adapted from Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, composed in 1906.

Sir Neville Marriner, Barry Wordsworth, Adrian Boult - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works (1999) 2CDs [Re-Up]

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Sir Neville Marriner, Barry Wordsworth, Adrian Boult - Ralph Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works (1999) 2CDs [Re-Up]

Ralph Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works (1999) 2CDs
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, conducted by Neville Marriner
New Queen's Hall Orchestra, conducted by Barry Wordsworth
London Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Adrian Boult

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 644 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 347 Mb | Scans included
Genre: Classical, Orchestral | Label: Decca | # 460 357-2 | Time: 02:25:54

This two-CD collection offers a strong, masterfully performed selection of Vaughan Williams' shorter orchestral works. All the best-known pieces are here–the Tallis Fantasia, the Fantasia on Greensleeves, The Lark Ascending, Dives and Lazarus–as well as lesser-known but equally beautiful works such as the Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1, the Concerto Grosso and the Oboe Concerto. Disc One is devoted to performances by Sir Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields; on Disc Two, Barry Wordsworth and the New Queen's Hall Orchestra take over, except for one selection–the fiercely dramatic Partita for Double String Orchestra–performed by Sir Adrian Boult and the London Philharmonic. I did not think there could be a more beautiful performance of The Lark Ascending than the one by Boult and Hugh Bean, but the recording here by Marriner and Iona Brown is at very least its equal. For anyone who loves the music of Vaughan Williams, or for anyone who wants to get acquainted with this great and underrated composer, this double-CD set is a must.

VA - British Piano Concertos (2014) 4CD Box Set

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VA - British Piano Concertos (2014) 4CD Box Set

VA - British Piano Concertos (2014) 4CD Box Set
Stanford, Vaughan Williams, Hoddinott, Williamson, Finzi,
Bridge, Rawsthorne, Ireland, Busch, Moeran, Berkeley, Scott

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 1.18 Gb | Scans ~ 47 Mb | Time: 05:05:31
Classical, 20th Century | Label: Lyrita | # SRCD.2345

This boxed set reassembles largely analog material from existing Lyrita CDs under a new generic grouping. Dates and locations of recording sessions are not given. Lyrita seem always to have been reticent about those details. The sound is a model of its kind – Lyrita were always able to boast glorious sound. The freshly written liner-notes are by the authoritative and accessible Paul Conway and run to ten pages. These are not a simple retread of the original notes by other authors.

Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake - The English Songbook (1999)

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Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake - The English Songbook (1999)

Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake - The English Songbook (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 226 Mb | Total time: 69:13 | Scans included
Classical | Label: EMI Classics | # 56830 | Recorded: 1999

The recital begins with Keats and ends with Shakespeare: that can’t be bad. But it also begins with Stanford and ends with Parry; what would the modernists of their time have thought about that? They would probably not have believed that those two pillars of the old musical establishment would still be standing by in 1999. And in fact how well very nearly all these composers stand! Quilter’s mild drawing–room manners might have been expected to doom him, but the three songs here – the affectionate, easy grace of his Tennyson setting, the restrained passion of his ‘Come away, death’ and the infectious zest of ‘I will go with my father a–ploughing’ – endear him afresh and demonstrate once again the wisdom of artists who recognise their own small area of ‘personal truth’ and refuse to betray it in exchange for a more fashionable ‘originality’.

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.