Ralph Vaughan Williams

Biography

Born: Oct 12, 1872; England   Died: Aug 26, 1958; England   Period: 20th Century
Ralph Vaughan Williams left a varied oeuvre that includes orchestral works, songs, operas, and various choral compositions. While primarily drawing on the rich tradition of English folksong and hymnody, Vaughan Williams produced well-loved works that fit into larger European traditions and gained worldwide popularity.

Vaughan Williams, who lost his father early in life, was cared for by his mother. Related, through his mother, to both Read more Charles Darwin and the Wedgwoods of pottery fame, he grew up without financial worries. He studied history and music at Trinity College, Cambridge, and finished up at the Royal College of Music, where he worked with Parry, Wood, and Stanford. In 1897, the year he married Adeline Fisher, Vaughan Williams traveled to Berlin to study with Max Bruch, also seeking Maurice Ravel as a teacher several years later, despite the fact that the French composer was three years his junior. In 1903, he started collecting English folksongs; certain characteristics of English folk music, particularly its modal tonalities, in many ways informed his approach to composition. Vaughan Williams further developed his style while working as editor of the English Hymnal, which was completed in 1906. His work on the English Hymnal went beyond editing, for he contributed several new hymn tunes, most notably the Sine nomine, the tune for the hymn For All the Saints. The composer's interest in and knowledge of traditional English music is reflected in his song cycle On Wenlock Edge (1909), based on selections from A.E. Housman's immensely popular volume of poetry A Shropshire Lad. In his Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis, composed in 1910, Vaughan Williams introduced antiphonal effects within the context of modal tonality, juxtaposing consonant, but unrelated, triads. Composed in 1914, his Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony" brings to life, with great charm, the sounds of London from dawn to dusk. That year, Vaughan Williams also wrote his pastoral The Lark Ascending, for violin and orchestra. When World War I broke out, the 41-year-old composer enlisted as an orderly in the medical corps, becoming famous for organizing choral singing and other entertainment in the trenches. He was commissioned from the ranks, ending his war service as an artillery officer. The war interrupted the composer's work but did not, it seems, disrupt the inner continuity of his creative development. The Symphony No. 3 ("Pastoral"), composed in 1922, conjures up a familiar world, effectively incorporating folksong motives into sonorities created by sequential chords. While critics detected pessimistic moods and themes in the later symphonies, ascribing a shift to a darker vision to the composer's alleged general pessimism about the world, Vaughan Williams refused to attach any programmatic content to these works. However, the composer created a convincing musical description of a desolate world in his Symphony No. 7 "Sinfonia Antarctica" (1952), which was inspired by the request to write the music for the film Scott of the Antarctic. In addition to his symphonies, Vaughan Williams composed highly acclaimed religious music, as well as works inspired by English spiritual literature, culminating in his 1951 opera The Pilgrim's Progress, based on the spiritual classic by John Bunyan. An artist of extraordinary creative energy, Vaughan Williams continued composing with undiminished powers until his death at 87. Read less

Vaughan Williams: London Symphony;  Butterworth / Hickox
Release Date: 05/22/2001   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9902   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $18.99
CD: $14.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $18.99   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Vaughan Williams: The First Nowell, Etc / Hickox, Et Al
Release Date: 10/03/2006   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10385   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $18.99
CD: $14.99
In Stock
On sale!   $18.99   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

Vaughan Williams: Complete Concertos / Thompson, London So
Release Date: 02/01/1994   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9262   Number of Discs: 2
On sale! $29.99
CD: $22.99
In Stock
On sale!   $29.99   CD:  $22.99 Add CD to Cart

Delius, Vaughan Williams / Vernon Handley, Et Al
Release Date: 03/23/2004   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10174   Number of Discs: 1
On sale! $12.99
CD: $8.99
In Stock
MP3 Available
On sale!   $12.99   CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

Film Music Of Ralph Vaughan Williams / Gamba, BBC Philharmonic
Release Date: 06/30/2009   Label: Chandos Movies  
Catalog: 10529-3   Number of Discs: 3
On sale! $34.99
CD: $26.99
In Stock
On sale!   $34.99   CD:  $26.99 Add CD to Cart

Work: Fantasia on Greensleeves

Browse 151-167 of 167 Available Recordings
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  • 151.
    Ceremonial Music For Trumpet And Organ / Smedvig, Murray
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80341 Release Date: 04/27/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giovanni Battist Martini,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Alan Hovhaness,  Jacques de Saint-Luc  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Murray,  Rolf Smedvig,  Jeffrey Curnow,  Martin Hackleman  ... 
    CD: $11.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 152.
    The Spirit Of England / William Boughton, English So, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5210 Release Date: 12/02/1992   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Benjamin Britten,  Peter Warlock  ... 
    Performer:  Adrian Partington,  Robert Johnston,  Sylvia Knussen,  James Davis  ... 
    Conductor:  William Boughton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  English String Orchestra,  English Symphony Orchestra
    On sale! $33.98
    CD: $29.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $33.98   CD:  $29.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 153.
    Classics For All Seasons - Winter
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80330 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Francis Poulenc,  Howard Blake,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Barry Gordon,  Michael Murray,  Angel Romero,  John O'Conor  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Robert Shaw,  Martin Pearlman,  Leonard Slatkin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Robert Shaw Festival Singers,  Boston Baroque  ... 
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 154.
    Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 8, Etc / Thomson, London So
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8828 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Conductor:  Bryden Thomson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
    On sale! $18.99
    CD: $14.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $18.99   CD:  $14.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 155.
    Berlitz Passport - The Music Of The British Isles
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 47280 Release Date: 07/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Thomas Augustine Arne,  Sir Edward Elgar,  George Frideric Handel,  Frederick Delius  ... 
    Performer:  David Nadien,  Edward Carroll
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Sir Andrew Davis,  Richard P. Condie,  Richard Kapp  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 156.
    Dinner Classics - Romance
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 48260 Release Date: 04/07/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Frederick Delius,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont,  Rafael Druian,  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  Louis Lane,  Eugene Ormandy,  George Szell,  Andre Kostelanetz  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Pops Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $8.99
    Back Order
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 157.
    Vaughan Williams Weekend
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 433085 Release Date: 03/10/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Harvey Alan,  David Flood,  Iona Brown,  Robert Tear  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks,  Allan Wicks,  Arthur Fiedler,  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Cambridge King's College Choir,  Canterbury Cathedral Choir  ... 
    CD: $7.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 158.
    Vaughan Williams: Norfolk Rhapsody, Etc / Boult, London So
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64022 Release Date: 10/11/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Hugh Bean
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Vocal Ensemble,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $11.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $11.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $7.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 159.
    Music For Relaxation
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 430411 Release Date: 07/12/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Samuel Barber,  Gabriel Fauré  ... 
    Performer:  Claude Monteux
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Karl Münchinger,  Bernard Herrmann  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra  ... 
    CD: $7.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $7.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 160.
    Bernstein Favorites - The 20th Century
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46715 Release Date: 05/03/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ferde Grofé,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Graffman,  John Corigliano Sr.,  David Nadien,  Carl Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $8.99
    Back Order
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 161.
    A Christmas Festival With Arthur Fiedler & The Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 6428 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raymond Scott,  Engelbert Humperdinck,  John Frederic Coots,  Franz Xaver Gruber  ... 
    Performer:  Al Hirt,  Leo Litwin,  Alfred Krips
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Arthur Fiedler Orchestra,  Arthur Fiedler Chorus
    CD: $8.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 162.
    Barber Adagio And Other Romantic Favorites For Strings
    Label: Cbs Great Performances   Catalog: 38484 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  David Nadien
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
    CD: $8.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $8.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $4.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 163.
    Pachelbel: Kanon; Et Al / Slatkin, Saint Louis So
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80080 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johann Pachelbel,  Alexander Borodin
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
    CD: $17.99
    In Stock
    CD:  $17.99 Add CD to Cart

  • 164.
    Pops In Love / John Williams, Boston Pops
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416361 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Johann Pachelbel,  Erik Satie,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Leone Buyse,  Alfred Genovese,  Richard Sebring,  Martha Babcock  ... 
    Conductor:  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
    On sale! $11.98
    CD: $9.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    On sale!   $11.98   CD:  $9.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 165.
    Twentieth Century Classics / Marriner, Academy Of St Martin
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 420155 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Heitor Villa-Lobos,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Karita Mattila
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    ArkivCD $16.99
    Low Stock
    ArkivCD:  $16.99 Add to Cart

  • 166.
    Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On A Theme By Tallis / Marriner
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 414595 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Performer:  Iona Brown,  Skaila Kanga,  Kenneth Heath,  Trevor Connah  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
    CD: $15.99
    In Stock
    MP3 Available
    CD:  $15.99 Add CD to Cart

    MP3:  $9.99 Add MP3 to Cart

  • 167.
    Panorama - The Sound Of England
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 469274 Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gustav Holst,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Frederick Delius,  Sir Edward Elgar  ... 
    Performer:  Pinchas Zukerman
    Conductor:  William Steinberg,  Daniel Barenboim,  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Norman Del Mar  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
    Recommendation
    On sale! $24.98
    ArkivCD $21.99
    In Stock
    On sale!   $24.98   ArkivCD:  $21.99 Add to Cart

1 2 3 4 5 6 7