Browse: Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending
This page lists all recordings of The Lark Ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).
The Lark Ascending is the nation’s favourite piece of music, according to Classic FM’s Hall of Fame 2008.
Inspired by George Meredith’s poem of the same name, the violin’s soaring lines and fluttering trills represent the song of the lark, whilst the orchestral accompaniment provides the backdrop against which the lark flies.
Vaughan Williams composed the work for violin and piano in 1914, but didn’t orchestrate it until after the First World War.
Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis
Little's stellar playing [is] brimming with gorgeous and glitz-free tone, plus a lovely range of light and shade...Little's spacious and serene way with The Lark Ascending is both beautiful,... — More…
David Greed (violin)
English Northern Philharmonia, David Lloyd-Jones
this splendid new ENP/Lloyd-Jones recording supersedes any in my experience — More…
David Nolan (violin), Nigel Kennedy (violin), Piers Lane (piano), Tasmin Little (violin), Diana Cummings (violin)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Vernon Handley
Celia Nicklin (oboe), Iona Brown (violin)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields, The New Queen's Hall Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Neville Marriner, Barry Wordsworth, Adrian Boult
The sound of the LSO strings in 1910 must remain largely a matter of conjecture but this beautifully textured account on gut-string instruments cuts to the heart of the score and Wordsworth's... — More…
Pinchas Zukerman (violin & conductor)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Zukerman's violin playing has lost nothing of its masterful immensity, gorgeousness of tone, and likeable directness of manner over the years, and to hear those qualities at work in The Lark... — More…