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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia, Etc / Neville Marriner


Release Date: 04/11/1995 
Label:  Philips   Catalog #: 442427   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Finely judged and noble with all the parts and every nuance beautifully placed and completely audible -- a splendid performance.

One of Philips’s rare but welcome issues of British music that should help to promote RVW more strongly in continental Europe. It opens with a sturdy Wasps Overture propelled along with great alacrity; though the end recapitulation, in counterpoint, of the big Romantic tune is rather shrill and cool. The Tallis Fantasia is finely judged and noble with all the parts and every nuance beautifully placed and completely audible; a splendid performance, contrasting well the ethereal and the exultant, that approaches the classic Barbirolli reading.

The two Fenland portraits are very
Read more successful, Marriner not only strongly evoking the brooding, mist-shrouded flat expanses but also expressing the folksong elements of the scores with great warmth and affection. The opening of the Norfolk Rhapsody is particularly magical in his hands.

The rare item in this programme is the Variations for Orchestra, composed as a test piece for the National Brass Band Championship in 1957 shortly before RVW’s death. This is the version for orchestra by that fine and sensitive orchestrator Gordon Jacob. It contrasts wit and vigour with the devotions of the Fifth Symphony. A warm, glowing reading of the lovely Dives and Lazarus Variations rounds off an attractive issue. Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1993 
2.
In the Fen Country by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 07/1993 
Notes: Composition written: England (1904 - 1907). 
3.
Norfolk Rhapsody no 1 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1906; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1993 
4.
The wasps: Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1993 
5.
Variations for Brass Band by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1993 
Notes: Orchestrated: Gordon Jacob 
6.
Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus' by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1993 

Featured Sound Samples

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Norfolk Rhapsody no 1

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