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5.0 out of 5 stars English music at its best., 22 July 2011
This review is from: Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works (Audio CD)
To put together a combination of Vaughan Williams and Sir Adrian Boult can only lead to the most irresistible disc I have ever listened to, which ever orchestra is playing here it is given sure footed guidance by a conductor with English music in his veins. The programme begins with the vocal version of Serenade to Music, which is really serene and beats the instrumental version played by Vernon Handley, by a mile or more, by showing how much the voices add to this piece. There is plenty of atmosphere in both the Norfolk Rhapsody and In the Fen Country, a robustness added to the English Folk Song Suite which makes you remember the tunes long after they have finished. Even the most well known piece Greensleeves is heard afresh in this slightly romantic performance here and finally to finish with a gorgeous version of the Lark Ascending, is like having icing on the cake, a fabulous way to end this programme with one of the best performances of this piece on CD, the violinist Hugh Bean is to be applauded for his most sympathetic performance. The remastering process used has really made all this music so more clearer and vivid to listen, just sample Greensleeves to see what I mean. All in all a great programme of Vaughan Williams's shorter orchestral pieces that shows off his skill as a great composer, who had a strong affinity with East Anglia, it's folk songs and it's landscapes. If you any feeling for English composers then this is a definite must have for your library, I for one would consider it first choice as a Desert Island Disc, as I don't think I could ever tire of listening to any of the works presented here.
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