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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars English and Irish greatness - a concert., 3 Jun 2014
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Andrew C. Mitchell (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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This collection makes a wonderful concert. The CD is stunningly recorded and beautifully performed by the BBC Philharmonic and Tasmin Little. Her solos are lovely. The whole of this CD is greater than the sum of its parts. What an inspiring combination - Elgar, Delius,Vaughan Williams, Holst and Moeran! The Elgar works are lovingly arranged by Roger Turner (2013). There is grace and elegance in the Delius 'Legende' and the Holst 'A Song of the Night.' The Vaughan Williams 'The Lark Ascending' is breath stopping - probably the greatest musical birdsong ever. And then there is the Moeran Violin Concerto from 1942. The sustained view of the English and Irish countryside is nostalgic in a good sense. I love the second movement scherzo in rondo form which ' expresses the spirit of the summer fairs of Kerrry and particularly of the famous Puck's Fair of Killorglin'. The final movement is slow throughout, reflecting the calm of Autumn in Southern Ireland. There are tranquil moments for the clarinet and for the horn amid string murmurings. The works here recorded contain the gentle secret of English and Irish great music.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars suspended meditation, 9 Dec 2013
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Apart from the Lark, the other pieces are familiar and warmly played - others, intriguing and completely new to me. The Lark itself is, of course familiar to nearly everyone and certainly the star of the recording - I've truly never heard it performed in such a satisfying and thoughtful way - and it's been very well recorded many times: the exceptional quality of poised mid-summer meditation is certainly present and fully justifies what might otherwise be considered as just yet another version of the very well known piece. Utterly, breath holdingly beautiful!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 19 Dec 2014
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I was delighted with the purchase.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, 16 May 2014
I am a fool for The Lark Ascending.
This recording, one of many I have sampled over the years, stands apart from those considered to be the very best.
The production is flawless and faultless - all credit to Chandos for such an amazing production.
The production would have been meaningless, of course, if it weren't for the stunning performance of Tasmin Little.
A performance that is, in my view, one of the most perfect interpretations on Vaughan-Williams much loved romance
for violin and orchestra.
If you must download, find a site to download FLAC.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A triumph for Tasmin, 26 Jan 2014
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A lovely collection beautifully played by this great British performer and conducted by Andrew Davis. The Moeran concerto is the topmost item but the Delius and the Holst are delightful.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, 2 Mar 2014
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I gave this as a christmas present to anyone I wanted to share such a lovely sound with. It is pure joy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 20 Sep 2014
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Excellent recording
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasmin Little, 7 Dec 2013
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As always Tasmin thrills with her interpretation of the classics?long may she continue her good work all around the world
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