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About this Recording
MAESTRO’S MUSINGS – Jeremy Siepmann talks to the British conductor Andrew Penny
Embracing the World
– David Lloyd-Jones talks to Jeremy Siepmann


One of the leading English composers of his generation, Vaughan Williams went some way towards creating a specifically English musical idiom, influenced by his interest in folk-song yet underpinned by a personal vision and language. This is nowhere better expressed than in his superb cycle of Nine Symphonies. The ‘London’ Symphony features a rich medley of thematic material that suggests the varied life of the capital city. The Lark Ascending, which concludes this disc, is one of Vaughan Williams’s most enduringly popular compositions.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

  49th Parallel: I. Prelude
1.   49th Parallel: I. Prelude 00:02:17
  Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
2.   Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis 00:15:12

Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Barnes, William, lyricist(s)

  Linden Lea
3.   Linden Lea 00:02:40

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

  Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony": I. Lento - Allegro risoluto (excerpt)
4.   Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony": I. Lento - Allegro risoluto (excerpt) 00:08:09
  The Wasps: Overture
5.   The Wasps: Overture 00:09:33

Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel, lyricist(s)

  The House of Life: No. 2. Silent Noon
6.   The House of Life: No. 2. Silent Noon 00:04:41

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

  5 Variants of Dives and Lazarus (excerpt)
7.   5 Variants of Dives and Lazarus (excerpt) 00:06:10

Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Whitman, Walt, lyricist(s)

  Symphony No. 1, "A Sea Symphony": II. On the Beach at Night, alone
8.   Symphony No. 1, "A Sea Symphony": II. On the Beach at Night, alone 00:10:29

Vaughan Williams, Ralph
Greaves, Ralph, arranger(s)

  Fantasia on Greensleeves
9.   Fantasia on Greensleeves 00:04:37

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

  The Lark Ascending
10.   The Lark Ascending 00:15:23

Total Playing Time: 01:19:11

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Barnes, William; Rossetti, Dante Gabriel; Whitman, Walt

Greaves, Ralph

Bakels, Kees; Daniel, Paul; Judd, James; Lloyd-Jones, David; Penny, Andrew

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; English Northern Philharmonia; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra; RTE Concert Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

Burnside, Iain; Greed, David; Johnson, Graham; Maltman, Christopher; Rolfe-Johnson, Anthony; Williams, Roderick

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral; Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.556835

Barcode: 730099683524

Physical Release: 06/2008

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