Vaughan Williams: A Vaughan Williams Anthology [8 CD set]

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Vaughan Williams: A Vaughan Williams Anthology [8 CD set]
Joan Rodgers (sop) Christopher Maltman (bar) Jennifer Pike (violin) / Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, New Zealand Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmon

[ Naxos / 8 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 8 April 2022

Ralph Vaughan Williams is one of Britain's most illustrious composers, and this specially curated selection of works demonstrates the sheer breadth of his achievement. As a major 20th-century symphonist he is represented by four of his nine symphonies, all in critically acclaimed recordings ('A clear top recommendation' wrote Gramophone of A Sea Symphony). Popular orchestral works such as the celebrated Tallis Fantasia and The Lark Ascending are also included. Vaughan Williams' chamber works are performed by the Maggini Quartet, his greatest contemporary champions; while the sublime Mass in G minor shows the composer's high standing in the English choral tradition.

"Paul Daniel's performance with the Bournemouth forces is one of the most successful to reach CD: it has spaciousness, drive and power in all the right places. The orchestral playing is refined, the choral singing robust and the ensemble tight." Daily Telegraph (Sym. 1)

"There's no doubt [Vaughan Williams] would have doffed his boater to the latest recording…from Clare College…the sweeping energy and rich detail of Tim Brown's interpretation draw out the best from his young singers, in matters musical and mystical." ClassicFM (Sacred Choral Music)

"Helped by vivid sound, James Judd conducts the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in glowing Judd shows what quality of player the orchestra now attracts, especially in its ripely resonant string tone. The whole is nicely balanced in a warm but clear acoustic. There is good solo work, too, from the leading string players as well as the woodwind and brass soloists." Gramophone (Greensleeves, Tallis, etc)

2001 GRAMOPHONE AWARD WINNER: Chamber - Rosette [highest rating] - Penguin Stereo Guide (Phantasy Qtet, String Quarets)

"Drawing the most refined playing from the Bournemouth orchestra, not least the strings, [Bakels] finds in a relatively direct reading an extra purity and nobility, pointing the big emotional climaxes of the first and third movements most tellingly. Clear, refined recording to match." Penguin Guide (Syms 5 & 9)

"Powerful and dedicated. Kees Bakels draws ravishing sounds from the
Bournemouth Symphony." Penguin Guide (Sym. 2)

"Jennifer Pike opens The Lark Ascending with delicacy and grace, her
vibrato contained and expressive." The Strad


Symphony No. 1 'A Sea Symphony'
Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony'
Symphony No. 5
Symphony No. 9
The Wasps Overture
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
In the Fen Country
Concerto Grosso
The Lark Ascending
Suite of Six Short Pieces
The Solent
Phantasy Quintet
String Quartets Nos. 1 & 2
The Sons of Light
Toward the Unknown Region
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
The Voice out of the Whirlwind
Valiant for Truth
Mass in G minor
3 Choral Hymns
Nothing is Here for Tears
A Vision of Aeroplanes
The Souls of the Righteous
A Choral Flourish