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Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6, Fantasia On A Theme By Thomas Tallis & The Lark Ascending

Andrew Davis Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Composer: Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (24 Feb 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B000088DT2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,794 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Symphony No.6 in E minor : I Allegro 7:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Symphony No.6 in E minor : II Moderato 8:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Symphony No.6 in E minor : III Scherzo - Allegro vivace 5:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Symphony No.6 in E minor : IV Epilogue - Moderato 9:440.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis15:521.29  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Lark Ascending14:230.99  Buy MP3 


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Note:The recording is uncompressed (unlike most rock & pop recordings) so that volume levels do vary throughout naturally.

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Geraint Lewis, writing in the September 2008 issue of Gramophone magazine, rates this as the best modern recording of the Tallis Fantasia. '...an embodiment of all that is great in English music', he writes, which I wholeheartedly agree with. Which surely makes this disc a fantastic bargain.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something very English 26 Jun 2009
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I bought 2 copies of this Vaughan williams CD, one to illustrate a presentation of short pieces of writing on the theme of town and country, and the second as a prize for the member of the audience who could guess the name of the extract used (Lark Ascending). It stuck me as quintessentially representative of the atmosphere of the English countryside of my youth and that of my parents and grandparents. In those days, incidentally, we pronounced His name Ralph, not 'Rafe'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Old is good 30 Jan 2010
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The choice of repertoire is excellent. Three of Vaughan Williams's masterpieces. There's the very big, very dark and loud 6th symphony. The lush and tuneful Thomas Tallis, and the pretty Lark Ascending. Just the right amount of light and shade.
The orchestra (well they are the house band for the Proms!), the conductor and the soloist are world class, and faultless.
Although the price tells you its not a recent recording (1990) you'd never know it(another fine pressing from Germany!).
Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical music 10 Feb 2012
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What a beautiful piece of music The Lark Ascending is. I bought this for my wedding, and we had it playing while the guests assembled before the ceremony. It is exquisite and poignant,capturing the flight of the skylark as she soars upwards towards the heavens. There is something reminiscent of childhood about it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't forget the 6th symphony! 11 Jun 2013
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I agree with those who wrote that this is a wonderful disc. I have other very good performances of the 'Fantasia' (Barbirolli) and the 'Lark' (Bean and Boult), and I think we don't usually praise Tasmin Little enough, but I want to emphasis just how good Andrew Davis' performance of the 6th symphony is. I have Boult's EMI recording and also Handley's one but, notwithstanding my slight reservation about the passage for harps in the first movement, I think this my favourite of the three for it is so alive. Maybe we don't praise Andrew Davis enough? I'm saying that anyone who wants a really good 6th symphony need not look past this disc.

I hope that most of those who buy this disc explore the rest of VWs music. With respect to the symphonies I started many years ago with the 2nd but it took about five listens before I twigged (some will rightly guess it was the appearance of the girl selling lavender) but that's often the case with most good music, where the fruit lies concealed and patience is required to uncover it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 19 Mar 2013
By eddie
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The most stunning piece of music ever. If you liked Master and Commander (music) then buy this, you will not be let down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this 6 Feb 2010
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I originally purchased this at full price, when it was in Teldec's British Line series. It was a bargain at full price, and at bargain price it is a steal. Simply glorious performances of some essential English masterpieces.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This got me into classical music 11 Oct 2009
By Rikster
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Sometimes you don't know where to start. This is a great place, most beautiful music.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars LATE CHRISTMAS PRESENT
Went down a wow with my wife, who decided at the last minute that she wanted "Lark Ascending" for Christmas. Arrives immediately, and costs very little. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Henpeck
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams
This music has haunted me for a lifetime. I am preparing an Order of Service for my Commital & this CD
will be played at the time
Published 12 months ago by alan bannister
5.0 out of 5 stars Another first rate Apex recording
Vaughan Williams and Andrew Davis always go well together. Here, the BBC Symphony Orchestra play the powerful Sixth Symphony and the ever popular Tallis Fantasia. Read more
Published 17 months ago by John HOLLAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Music in Celebration of Nature!
Such a genius of a composer beautifully recorded on this cd and appealing to the senses in all ways! Excellent!
Published 18 months ago by Pendora
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic fantasia...
Fantastic and inspirational music. Hard to believe that this was written in Tudor times. It has a 'moderness' to it. Get it you'll be hooked....
Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
i am relatively new to classical music (mainly listen to rock n'roll, pink floyd, the stones etc)but "thomas tallis" & "the lark ascending" are two of the most beautiful & elegant... Read more
Published on 2 Jun 2012 by ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music performed and recorded well at a good price
Not sure what I can add to the title. If you like the pieces and don't have them then buy this.
Published on 10 Mar 2012 by Al the book monster
5.0 out of 5 stars Vaughan Williams: Sympnony No.6;Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis;...
Bought this as a result of hearing Larks ascending on the radio. Was not disappointed with the rest of the album. Always liked Fantasia anyway.
Published on 13 Jan 2010 by A. M. Stagles
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