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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.
Ralph Vaughan Williams: 49th Parallel Suite
49th Parallel: I. Prelude
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Linden Lea
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony"
Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony": I. Lento - Allegro risoluto (excerpt)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite
The Wasps: Overture
Ralph Vaughan Williams: The House of Life
The House of Life: No. 2. Silent Noon
Ralph Vaughan Williams: 5 Variants of Dives and Lazarus
5 Variants of Dives and Lazarus (excerpt)
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1, "A Sea Symphony"
Symphony No. 1, "A Sea Symphony": II. On the Beach at Night, alone
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on Greensleeves (arr. R. Greaves)