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Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasia/Fantasia on Greensleeves/The Lark Ascending/Variants of "Dives and Lazarus" [CD]

Sir Neville Marriner Audio CD
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Rivaled only by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Neville Marriner was one of the most important of the early figures who spearheaded the reawakening of modern interest in Baroque and early Classical music. In the 1950s, he founded Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, the first British early music ensemble to find a large international audience. Marriner has since become one of the most popular conductors ... Read more in Amazon's Sir Neville Marriner Store

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  • Orchestra: Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
  • Audio CD (3 April 1986)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000004CVM
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,570 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas TallisSir Neville Marriner15:131.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on GreensleevesSir Neville Marriner 4:150.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Vaughan Williams: The Lark AscendingSir Neville Marriner16:042.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Vaughan Williams: Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus"Sir Neville Marriner13:001.49  Buy MP3 


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding 20 May 2009
By Curlynob TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a newcomer to classical music, The Lark Ascending by Vaughan Williams was one of the first pieces that I truly fell in love with. I looked around on Amazon, read some of the more learned reviews, and finally settled on this recording. If you're a newbie like me and are looking for a recording of the The Lark Ascending, THIS is the recording that you're probably familiar with from Classic FM. I'm listening to it right now, and I truly believe it is one of the most spellbinding and beautiful pieces of music ever written. Of course here you get the full 16 minutes and not just the 4 minute clip that you tend to hear on the radio or on compilation CDs.

What I wasn't prepared for was the Talis Fantasia. A stunning piece of music that sends shivers through your entire body. You'll recognise it, even if you don't think you know it. It was featured in the 2003 film Master and Commander but has also heavily influenced film composers like James Horner whose themes for Troy and Field of Dreams both draw inspiration from it.
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79 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Tallis Fantasia? 7 Nov 2008
By Lordy
Format:Audio CD
Whilst all the reviews are 5 star for this cd, I think it is worth noting a couple of points that may be helpful for anyone not particularly well aquainted with RVW. For my money the version of the Tallis Fantasia on this disc is the best I have heard from the many available. You really get the sense of awsome grandeur and spirituality that I think were intended. Many versions, by really great conductors/orchestras somehow fall short. For that reason alone this is an essential purchase. However, as an added bonus you also get one of my favourite RVW pieces, the very beautiful and moving Dives and Lazarus, which must be one of the most lovely melodies in English music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impeccable, sublime 14 Jan 2012
By GlynLuke TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If I had to save one disc from the proverbial fire, it would probably be this one. No only does it contain one of the finest recordings of my favourite piece of music ever composed, the Tallis Fantasia, but also a benchmark performance of The Lark Ascending, with the wonderful Iona Brown`s virtuosic violin sweeping and swooping us along on skittish wings of languid melody.
Between these two timeless works is the brief, delectable Fantasia On Greensleeves, which features the silvery, mellifluous flute playing of William Bennett.
But the surprise - the hidden gem - for many listeners may well be the 13-minute Five Variants Of `Dives And Lazarus`, as lovely as the Lark or the Fantasia, and as melancholy as they are (for the most part) uplifting. When VW discovered the tune "in a copy of English Country Songs" as the excellent sleevenotes tell us, the composer "had that sense of recognition - here`s something which I have known all my life, only I didn`t know it."
Well, quite. That is exactly how I felt when I first heard these pieces. In fact I shall never forget how I was introduced to the Tallis Fantasia. I was sharing a flat in Finchley forty years ago with several others. One day, two of my fellow male tenants stuck a pair of headphones over my ears and said, with great eagerness, "Listen to this!" I did, was in a state of bliss for all of its fifteen minutes, and knew I would love the work all my life. So much so that I wish to have it played at my funeral...
VW has, over the last century or so, had some daft things said about his music.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure relaxation ! 13 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
A lovely collection of Vaughan Williams whose pieces for me totally encapsulate the English landscape. I was listening to this CD recently, whilst it was snowing and was looking out onto the garden watching a tiny goldcrest land on my apple tree. The silent, soft and slow fall of the large snowflakes were so in tune with the beautiful, gentle music. The tiny fluttering little bird on the branch appeared to be putting on a performance to the exquisite music especially for me!

Music which you can lose yourself in and which wraps itself around you like a warm cozy blanket.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect 9 May 2007
By Cloud 9
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have had a 2nd hand vinyl copy of this for years and can never decide which of these pieces I love the most, they make me feel so happy. They sound like one of those warm summer afternoons that go on forever. I'm now going to get the cd so I can put it on my i-pod and take it with me everywhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate Vaughan Williams album 10 Sep 2011
Format:Audio CD
Vaughan Williams has become enormously popular in the 50+ years since his death. And it's no wonder. No other composer can match him in his laid-back, pastoral spirit that will inevitably relax and calm your spirit. And this CD features his most popular works, most notably his Tallis Fantasia and the nearly immortalized The Lark Ascending. And that's not to mention the stunning arrangement of the ever-popular Greensleeves, and the dark, melancholy Five Variants.

Marriner and ASMF give performances of these essential pieces that are probably not rivaled elsewhere. These are not overly sentimental performances, but neither is the music simply run through. Marriner and ASMF have incredible insight into the true nature of these pieces. Just listen to their rendition of The Lark Ascending. You feel yourself being lifted up with the lark while the entire world around you is exploding in beauty and song. Iona Brown's violin solo is tender and affectionate, not to mention Marriner and ASMF's orchestral accompaniment. And then there's the Tallis Fantasia. Here Marriner pulls an incredibly full sound from his orchestra in contrast to the gently reflective soloists. In the climax, Marriner does not create hysteria but rather lets the music speak for itself. The Greensleeves Fantasia becomes deeply thoughtful, thanks to the lush strings and wonderful flute playing of Williams Bennett. Marriner's conducting is particularly insightful in the Five Variants. Too many conductors take this piece at a fast pace. Marriner's tempo is slow while still breathing. For me, the piece is an autumnal reflection on regrets of the past.

The sound quality of this recording is quite good, especially if you consider its vintage - the early 70's. For the wonderful performances you'll get of such wonderful pieces, you'd be a loser is you didn't buy it. Highly, highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Music
I have always loved Vaughan Williams 'The Lark' such beautiful music. You can almost see the larks soaring and flying high up.
Published 1 month ago by soso
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favourite Rendition of the Tallis Fantasia
Really worth the price of admission for the Tallis Fantasia alone, but all round excellent renditions of some familiar VW favourites such as Greensleeves and The Lark Ascending,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Lark Ascending
Beautiful pieces of music, the Lark Ascending took me back to my childhood when sky larks were common and I was transported to a hillside in Yorkshire where I loved to listen to... Read more
Published 5 months ago by MRS CHRISTINE HARDY
5.0 out of 5 stars Vaughan Williams
Music to love i couldnt stop playing it, i bought it for the Greensleeves item but i loved the whole cd it is a must buy for music lovers
Published 6 months ago by R. G. Pask
5.0 out of 5 stars Vauhan Williams Review.
The Neville Marriner treatment of what are fairly "standard" compositions is electric when listened to carefully. Read more
Published 7 months ago by andrew scott
5.0 out of 5 stars Thank goodness for Amazon.uk
I have owned this recording on LP since dirt was new, but when looking for it on CD it simply was not to be found -- UNTIL I remembered that I had once had good luck when looking... Read more
Published 7 months ago by mezzodiva54
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime music
Only just discovering this stunning English composer, thanks to changing my radio station...just so beautiful, takes one to another place
Published 8 months ago by abproject1
5.0 out of 5 stars Tranqility
The CD arrived very quickly so a great service ,the CD is lovely and ideal to play at the end of a stressful day ,relax and be transported ,calms the frayed nerves ,I heard the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. S. A. M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasia/Fantasia on Greensleeves/The Lark...
I had come across Vaughan Williams Lark Ascending on a free cd some time ago and I thought I'd send away for this cd. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sam Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Love the music and the quality of this production. Listen to it constantly in the car and when relaxing at home
Published 11 months ago by H West
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