Vaughan Williams Archive
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: A Sea Symphony – BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Martyn Brabbins – Hyperion
Martyn Brabbins and his selected principals delivers a powerfully mounted Sea Symphony by Vaughan Williams.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job; Symphony No. 9 – Andrew Davis/ Bergen Philharmonic – Chandos
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job; Symphony No. 9 – Andrew Davis/ Bergen Philharmonic – Chandos multichannel SACD CHSA 5180, 77:29 (2/17/17) ****: Davis returns to Vaughan Williams in a fine performance and recording. This new recording from Chandos couples a stunning performance and recording of two of Vaughan Williams’ great works. This is not the first time […]
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Sym. No. 2, “A London Symphony”; Sym. No. 8 ‒ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch. / Andrew Manze ‒ Onyx
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 2 in G, “A London Symphony”; Symphony No. 8 in d‒ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch. / Andrew Manze ‒ Onyx 4115, 75:33 (4/29/16) ****: Symphonies from the opposite ends of Vaughan Williams’ symphonic career. Interesting programming choice and fine performances. It’s interesting to note that Ralph Vaughan Williams’ first two symphonies […]
********** Multichannel Disc of the Month *********** For the Beauty of the Earth – Works of WIDOR, VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS and others – Gabriel V Brass Ensemble/ Sharon Rose Pfeiffer, pipe organ, Percussion Ens. – Arte/ Paraclete
A most enjoyable surround concert of brass, percussion and pipe organ. * For the Beauty of the Earth – Celebrating Creation – Works of WIDOR, VAUGHAN-WILLIAMS and others – Gabriel V Brass Ensemble/Sharon Rose Pfeiffer, pipe organ, Percussion Ens. – Arte/ Paraclete multichannel SACD GDCD 061, 53:03 [5/1/16] ****: This is a gorgeous collection, in […]
Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble – “A Moveable Feast” – Works by VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, RAVEL, FALLA – Channel Classics
Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble – “A Moveable Feast” – Works by VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, RAVEL, FALLA – Simon Crawford-Phillips (p.), Malin Broman (violin and viola), Fredrik Paulsson (violin and viola), Malin William-Olsson (violin and viola), Johannes Rostamo (cello), Rick Stotijn (double bass). Channel Classics CD 36916, TT: 58:00 (4/1/16) [Distr. by Harmonia mundi] ***1/2: An interesting combination […]
“Zukerman” – Works of VAUGHAN WILLIAMS & ELGAR – Pinchas Zukerman, violin & cond. with the Royal Philharmonic – Decca
“Zukerman” – Works of VAUGHAN WILLIAMS & ELGAR [TrackList follows] – Pinchas Zukerman, violin & cond. with the Royal Philharmonic – Decca CD 478 9386, TT: 71:00 (2/26/16) [Distr. by Universal] ****: Lovely and memorable renderings of English classics by Pinchas Zukerman and the RPO. Do we need yet another collection of the English music […]
“Haec dies – Music for Easter” – Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/ Graham Ross/ Matthew Jorysz, organ – Harmonia mundi
Just in time for the Easter season, a tremendous choral excursion. “Haec dies – Music for Easter” – Choir of Clare College, Cambridge/ Graham Ross/ Matthew Jorysz, organ – Harmonia mundi HMU 907655, 72:56 *****: Though there are a few pieces here that are distinctly non-Easter in origin (like the Rachmaninov), this Easter day celebration […]
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Concerto for Two Pianos; A London Symphony (No. 2) – Leon McCawley & John Lenehan, pianos/ Royal Scottish Nat. Orch./ Martin Yates – Dutton Epoch
Two alternative treatments of great works of Vaughan Williams.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Concerto for oboe and strings in a minor; MACMILLAN: One for chamber orchestra; Oboe Concerto; BRITTEN: Suite on English Folk Tunes: A Time There Was – Nicholas Daniel, oboe/ Britten Sinfonia/James MacMillan – Harmonia mundi
Lovely playing and a fine recording of familiar and new works for oboe.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: A Cambridge Mass; PARRY: Blest Pair of Sirens – Olivia Robinson, sop./ Rebecca Lodge, contr./ Christopher Bowen, tenor/ Edward Price, bar./ Martin Ennis, organ/ The Bach Choir/ New Queen’s Hall Orch./ Alan Tongue – Albion
It’s not often we get world premieres from this particular age in music—this one is quite significant!
20th Century Music = BÁRTOK: Dance Suite; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on Theme by Thomas Tallis; COPLAND: Appalachian Spring Suite; STRAVINSKY: Suite from “The Firebird” – David Bernard – Park Avenue Ch. Sym.
Top-flight performances in brilliant sound of some basic orchestral repertory.
Leopold Stokowski = Works of Shostakovich, Vaughan Williams, Amirov, Kurka – New York Philharmonic – Guild
Stokowski in live concerts with the New York Philharmonic, 1960 & 1962, leads works familiar and unfamiliar.
“English Music for Viola and Piano” = SIR ARTHUR BLISS: Sonata for Viola and Pianoforte; ARNOLD BAX: Sonata for Viola and Piano; RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Suite for Viola and Pianoforte – Christian Euler, viola/ Paul Rivinus, p. – MD&G Scene
Three lovely works by British composers for viola and piano.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: “The Solent” = var. works incl. two world premieres – Soloists/ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch. /Paul Daniel – Albion
A must-have collection for Vaughan Williams lovers.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: On Wenlock Edge; 10 Blake Songs; JONATHAN DOVE: The End; WARLOCK: The Curlew – Mark Padmore, tenor/ Nicholas Daniel, oboe/ Huw Watkins, p./ Britten Sinfonia/ Jacqueline Shave – Harmonia mundi
A ravishing experience of incredible music, presented in near perfection.
ELGAR: The Enigma Variations; Fantasia on Greensleeves; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Wasps – Aristophanic Suite – Kansas City Sym./ Michael Stern – Reference Recordings 45 rpm (2 vinyls)
The latest in 45 rpm vinyl and both a musical and technological winner.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5 in D Major; Symphony No. 8 in D Minor – Hallé Orchestra/ Sir Mark Elder – Hallé
Sir Mark Elder realizes the D Major and D Minor Symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams with refined grandeur—played for pomp, breadth, and glory.
* “This England” = ELGAR: Cockaigne; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5; BRITTEN: Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia from Peter Grimes – Oregon Sym./ Carlos Kalmar – PentaTone
************ MULTICHANNEL DISC OF THE MONTH **************
What a barnstorming winner this one is. Welcome back, Oregon Symphony, and keep them coming!
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Wasps – Aristophanic Suite; Fantasia on “Greensleeves;” ELGAR: Enigma Variations – Kansas City Sym./ Michael Stern – Reference Recordings
The Wasps captures the fun and satiric slant of the play by Aristophanes.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 8; RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G; D’INDY: Symphony on a French Mt. Air – Nicole Henriot-Schweitzer, p./ Boston Sym. Orch./ Charles Munch – Pristine Audio
Besides two classic French scores restored from RCA, Pristine bequeaths us a fine performance of the Vaughan Williams Eighth Symphony “live” in its Boston premier.
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Piano Concerto in C; The Wasps (suite); English Folk Song Suite – Ashley Wass, p./ Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orch./ James Judd – Naxos
A beautiful recording of some vastly enjoyable music.
CHRISTOPHER WRIGHT: Momentum; Concerto for Violin and Orch.; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5 – Royal Scottish & Bournemouth Syms./ Martin Yates – Dutton Epoch
A haunting and deeply personal concerto is the centerpiece to this important release.