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The Lark Ascending

Lark Ascending Collection / Various
Release Date: 04/03/2012 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 80526   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsSir Edward ElgarGeorge ButterworthFrederick Delius,   ... 
Conductor:  André PrevinSir John BarbirolliNeville DilkesSir Neville Marriner,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Allegri String Quartet
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With the sublime The Lark Ascending as its centrepiece, this collection illustrates the way that Vaughan Williams and his contemporaries expressed their national identity, drawing inspiration from folk song, landscape, poetry and the rich history of British music. With favourites by Elgar, Delius, Butterworth and Walton––including Elgar’s unforgettable Introduction and Allegro and Delius’s Summer Night on the River–– the works gathered here are romantic, nostalgic and quintessentially British. With the sublime The Lark Ascending as its centrepiece, this collection illustrates the way that Vaughan Williams and his contemporaries expressed their national identity, drawing inspiration from folk song, landscape, poetry and the rich history of British music. With favourites by Elgar, Delius, Butterworth and Walton––including Elgar’s unforgettable Introduction and Allegro and Delius’s Summer Night on the River–– the works gathered here are romantic, nostalgic and quintessentially British. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  André Previn
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1920; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 8 Secs. 
2.
Introduction and Allegro for String Quartet and String Orchestra, Op. 47 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Allegri String Quartet
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1904-1905; England 
Length: 14 Minutes 1 Secs. 
3.
A Shropshire Lad by George Butterworth
Conductor:  Neville Dilkes
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 56 Secs. 
4.
Aquarelles (2) by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1932; France 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
5.
Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes (3) for Organ: no 2, Rhosymedre by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
6.
Koanga: La Calinda by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1895-1897; Paris, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7.
Pieces (2) for strings (from Henry V) by Sir William Walton
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: Modern 
Written: 1944 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
8.
Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus' by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 23 Secs. 
9.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
Length: 16 Minutes 15 Secs. 
10.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 41 Secs. 
11.
Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1892; England 
Length: 12 Minutes 26 Secs. 
12.
Banks of Green Willow by George Butterworth
Conductor:  André Previn
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 49 Secs. 
13.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 2, Summer Night on the River by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; France 
Length: 6 Minutes 24 Secs. 
14.
Sospiri, Op. 70 by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1914; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 9 Secs. 
15.
Pieces (2) for Small Orchestra: no 1, On Hearing the First Cuckoo by Frederick Delius
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912; France 
Length: 5 Minutes 43 Secs. 
16.
St Paul's Suite for Strings, Op. 29 no 2/H 118: Finale, The Dargason by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 22 Secs. 
17.
Capriol Suite by Peter Warlock
Conductor:  Neville Dilkes
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Length: 8 Minutes 36 Secs. 

Sound Samples

The Lark Ascending
Introduction and Allegro, Op.47 (2000 Remastered Version): Introduction and Allegro, Op.47
A Shropshire Lad (Rhapsody for Orchestra)
Two Aquarelles (1987 Remaster): I. Slow (Lento, ma non troppo)
Two Aquarelles (1987 Remaster): II. Gaily, but not quick
Capriol Suite (1994 Remaster): I. Basse-danse
Capriol Suite (1994 Remaster): II. Pavane
Capriol Suite (1994 Remaster): III. Tordion
Capriol Suite (1994 Remaster): IV. Bransles
Capriol Suite (1994 Remaster): V. Pieds-en-l'air
Capriol Suite (1994 Remaster): VI. Mattachins (Sword Dance)
Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes: 2. Rhosymedre (melody by J. D. Edwards, 1805-1885) (orch. Arnold Foster)
Koanga: La Calinda: Delius: Koanga: La Calinda
Henry V - Two pieces for strings (1988 Remaster): 1. Passacaglia: The Death of Falstaff
Henry V - Two pieces for strings (1988 Remaster): 2. Touch her soft lips and part
Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis: Williams: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
English Folk Song Suite (1987 Remastered Version): I. March (Seventeen Come Sunday): English Folk Song Suite (1987 - Remaster): I. March (Seventeen Come Sunday)
English Folk Song Suite (1987 Remastered Version): II. Intermezzo (My Bonny Boy): English Folk Song Suite (1987 - Remaster): II. Intermezzo (My Bonny Boy)
English Folk Song Suite (1987 Remastered Version): III. March (Folk Songs from Somerset): English Folk Song Suite (1987 - Remaster): III. March (Folk Songs from Somerset)
Fantasia on 'Greensleeves' (2000 Remastered Version): Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
Serenade in E Minor, Op.20 (2000 Remastered Version): I. Allegro piacevole: Serenade in E Minor, Op.20 (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Allegro piacevole
Serenade in E Minor, Op.20 (2000 Remastered Version): II. Larghetto: Serenade in E Minor, Op.20 (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Larghetto
Serenade in E Minor, Op.20 (2000 Remastered Version): III. Allegretto - Come prima: Serenade in E Minor, Op.20 (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Allegretto - Come prima
The Banks of Green Willow - Idyll for orchestra (2007 Remastered Version): The Banks of Green Willow - Idyll for orchestra
Summer Night on the River (1988 Remastered Version): Summer Night on the River
Sospiri, Op.70 (2000 Remastered Version): Sospiri, Op.70
On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
St Paul's Suite H118 (Op. 29) (1987 Remaster): IV. Finale (The Dargason)
The Wasps - Aristophanic Suite (2007 Remastered Version): Overture: The Wasps - Aristophanic Suite (2007 - Remaster): Overture

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