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Vaughan Williams, Tavener / Benedetti, Litton, London Philharmonic


Release Date: 09/25/2007 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 001083002   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsJohn Tavener
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One word unites the works on this album, and that word is "ethereal". The aural world of English composer Sir John Tavener is often described as "ethereal", possessing an other-worldly, spiritual quality that strikes deep into the soul. And Ralph Vaughan Williams?s aural portrait of that blithe little lark as it spirals up into the heavens is an ethereal vision.

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Reviews:

In the violin concerto Lalishri and its companion piece Dhyana the sheer seductive beauty of the sound is hard to resist. Lalishri in particular is full of surprises, not least Tavener's feeling for the violin both as singer and as virtuoso soloist. It's clear from Nicola Benedetti's performance that she
Read more loves this music every bit as much as she loves Vaughan Williams's The Lark Ascending, which she plays with similar open-hearted warmth and rapt concentration - as well as superb technical control.

– BBC Music Magazine

The third disc of DG's deal with the former BBC Young Musician is an imaginative coupling of three Tavener works – two inspired by Benedetti and a third arranged for her – and the VW work voted the nation's most popular classic. A fascinating disc that should have even more listeners magnetized by the music of Tavener as well as of Vaughan Williams.

– Gramophone Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1920; England 
Length: 16 Minutes 4 Secs. 
2.
Song for Athene by John Tavener
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1993; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Nicola Benedetti. 
3.
Dhyana by John Tavener
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
4.
Lalishri: Introduction by John Tavener
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
5.
Lalishri: Cycle 1 by John Tavener
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006; England 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
6.
Lalishri: Cycle 2 by John Tavener
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
7.
Lalishri: Cycle 3 by John Tavener
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 40 Secs. 
8.
Lalishri: Cycle 4 by John Tavener
Performer:  Nicola Benedetti (Violin)
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 2006; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 9 Secs. 

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