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Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus; The Wasps Overture

Halle Orchestra / Elder
Release Date: 07/10/2015 
Label:  Hallé   Catalog #: 7540   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Sarah [Soprano Vocal] Fox
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The music of Ralph Vaughan Williams seems to have found its ideal contemporary interpreters in the Hallé Orchestra of Manchester and conductor Mark Elder. They've released several strong recordings of the symphonies, and they've outdone themselves with this one, featuring the deceptively named Pastoral Symphony: pastoral it may be, but it carries unmistakable overtones, especially in the slow movements, of Vaughan Williams' experiences in World War I. The orchestra manages a consistent somber tone that's remarkable in itself and is introduced by an equally noteworthy Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis. This work is played so often by English orchestras that phoned-in performances are common, yet the sensuous pleasure in the Read more neo-Renaissance sonorities here is palpable. At the other end of the familiarity spectrum are the Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus," not variations on a theme but five versions of the same folk tune, collected by the composer and woven together into a unique fantasy. The mood truly lightens only with the finale, the Overture from Vaughan Williams' incidental music to the ancient Greek comedy The Wasps. These are superb performances in which the composer's intentions seem to live anew.

– James Manheim, All Music Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
Venue:  BBC Studios, Mediacity, Salford 
Length: 16 Minutes 24 Secs. 
2.
Symphony No. 3 for soprano or tenor & orchestra ("Pastoral") by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Sarah [Soprano Vocal] Fox ()
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: 1921; United Kingdom 
Venue:  Hallé St Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester 
Length: 35 Minutes 50 Secs. 
3.
Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus' by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Venue:  Hallé St Peter's, Ancoats, Manchester 
Length: 11 Minutes 34 Secs. 
4.
The wasps: Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Venue:  BBC Studios, Mediacity, Salford 
Length: 9 Minutes 43 Secs. 

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