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The Lark Ascending( Tasmin Little, BBC Philharmonic, Andrew Davis)] [Chandos: CHAN 10796]

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  • Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis
  • Composer: E.J. Moeran, Frederick Delius, Gustav Holst, Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (4 Nov. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B00FNY1HDC
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. E.J. Moeran | Violin Concerto
  2. Frederick Delius | Légende
  3. Gustav Holst | A Song of the Night
  4. Sir Edward Elgar | Chanson de nuit
  5. Sir Edward Elgar | Salut damour
  6. Sir Edward Elgar | Chanson de matin
  7. Ralph Vaughan Williams | The Lark Ascending

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In this release, playing works by Vaughan Williams, Moeran, Delius, and Holst, Tasmin Little once again demonstrates her unique affinity with some of the best loved British composers of the twentieth century. She is joined by Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Philharmonic. Little's previous recordings of British music on Chandos have been acclaimed, Gramophone writing of her performance of Elgar's Violin Concerto: 'For sheer beauty of tone and expressive nostalgia, Tasmin Little and Sir Andrew Davis out-Elgar their rivals.' E.J. Moeran composed his Violin Concerto during visits to Ireland, and it strongly reflects his love of the landscape in County Kerry. The Lark Ascending, Ralph Vaughan Williams's much-loved romance for violin and orchestra, has long been considered a pièce de resistance for Tasmin Little, one that she is often called on to perform in concert. This disc also features three works by Elgar, all heard in arrangements by Roger Turner: Chanson de matin of 1899, its companion piece, Chanson de nuit, which features a dark-coloured main melody appropriate to its title, and Salut d'amour, one of the early works that made the composer's name.

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It's over twenty years since Tasmin Little first recorded Vaughan Williams's surpassingly lovely The Lark Ascending for Warner Classics (also with Andrew Davis, but with the BBC Symphony Orchestra) and if anything she sounds even more inside this magical score than before, developing upon the delicate tracery of the 1990s with a radiant warmth and singing glow that captures the music's pastoral mood to perfection. At times it sounds as though everyone is merely breathing on their instruments, creating a poetically spellbound sensation of the lark soaring aloft on warm air currents. The effect is enhanced by engineering that captures uncannily the soloist s avian musings, floating gently over the orchestra. Little's special sense of identity with English music is confirmed by a performance of E. J. Moeran's Violin Concerto that surpasses even the Albert Sammons classic of the mid-1940s (Moeran described Sammons at the time as the only one to play it. ). This is not merely a question of vastly superior recording quality but of Little s special ability to dream and fantasize with the music as though she is composing it as she goes along. As a result Moeran's rhapsodic tendency loses its episodic structural profile and sounds instead likes an inspired stream of musical consciousness. The first movement's early solo cadenza can, for example, feel dramatically premature, yet Little glides effortlessly into, through and out of it as though it was the most natural thing in the world. The remainder of this exceptional disc usefully programmes Delius's haunting early Légende in an ecstatic performance to place beside Little's classic accounts of the Violin Concerto (Chandos) and violin sonatas (Conifer/Sony) and Holst's A Song of the Night, the rarely-heard original version of the Invocation for cello and orchestra. Three favourite Elgar miniatures Chanson de matin, Chanson de nuit and Salut d'amour in sensitive new arrangements by Roger Turner, round out one of Little's finest albums. ***** --Sinfini Music, 15/11/13

Tasmin Little gives us a feast of works for violin and orchestra , wonderfully supported by Andrew Davis and the BBC Philharmonic. A sumpteous offering all round ! GRAMOPHONE CHOICE --Gramophone, Jan'14

Tasmin Little's stellar playing- brimming with gorgeous and glitz-free tone, plus a lovely range of light and shade . Performance ***** Recording ***** BBC MUSIC ORCHESTRAL CHOICE --BBC Music Magazine, Feb' 14

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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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High-calorie stuff here, but there's nothing over-sweet about Tasmin Little's tone, so it seems to me just right for the rhapsodic music on this disc, and there's a lot of it. The recording is very well-balanced, and the sound is gorgeous. The BBC Philharmonic winds and brasses are often in conversation with the solo violin here, and they play very beautifully. I hadn't heard the Moeran concerto before, and I'm not sure that it's a great work, but it's a very pleasant one, and it it makes full use of the violin's capacity for lyricism and rhapsody, and there are places in the outer movements that are cadenza-like and give the feel of the soloist spontaneously improvising. The middle movement seems more folk-song-like, although I can't identify the themes as being particularly Irish. Of the other material on the disc, the three short Elgar pieces are very well-known and are as well played here as you'll hear them anywhere. "The Lark Ascending" is something of a pop favorite for aspiring violinists, and there are many fine recordings, and this one is as good as any. The more I hear it, the more I tend to think of it as a kind of showpiece, and Little has total command of it. Of the other two pieces, both well-played, it was the Holst "Song of the Night" that particularly struck me -- it rises in the middle to the most powerful climax on this disc, and while the texture is richer than Sibelius, it had a touch of the balefulness of some of Sibelius's music. It was probably a mistake to play the whole CD at a sitting, for there's a limit to one's capacity for rhapsody, but if you were to balance it with a bit of Stravinsky or Prokofiev, to clear the palate as it were, you would find much to enjoy.
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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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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.
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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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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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