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Vaughan Williams - your favourite pieces

Discussion in 'classical' started by Barrymagrec, Oct 28, 2017.

  1. eisenach

    eisenach Thüringen

    Funny, stumbled across this thread just after listening to the 4th.

    Particular soft spots for An Oxford Elegy and 5 Tudor Portraits.

    I, too, don't get on with N°2. As for the Sea Symphony, it depends what mood I'm in; the Whitman words can be a bit off-putting. Having sung it years ago in the Hereford 3 choirs festival, it earns its place, though.
  2. nicetone

    nicetone pfm Member

    I’m also something of a Vaughan-Williams fan and have many CDs of his music. I initially picked up on the folksong origins of which I’d mention Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus.

    I take the point about the well worn aspect of The Lark Ascending, but still enjoy listening to it now and then.

    About a year ago (I think), I heard, on a R3 lunchtime concert, Jennifer Pike playing Lark Ascending with just piano accompaniment. I had not realised until then that RVW had originally written it in 1914 for violin and piano, with the orchestral version following in 1920. I enjoyed it and did look to see whether Jennifer had recorded that version, but sadly not (though there are CDs of her playing other composers’ works for violin and piano). I think there is a version out there by someone else, and I found a YouTube video of it by other artists.
  3. Wolfmancatsup

    Wolfmancatsup Linn Lad

    Any love for Sinfonia antartica on here? It was how I first came to VW’s music when I was a lad, and a I still love it.

  4. TheDecameron

    TheDecameron Unicorns fart glitter.

    I don't know that one- heads for RVW box set to look.
  5. oceanobsession

    oceanobsession pfm Member

    Oboe concerto minuet and musette

    symphony no3 pastoral 1 molto moderato

    romanza for cello and orchestra

  6. cctaylor

    cctaylor pfm Member

    Yes very satisfying listen must dig my copy of the classic Boult recording out some time soon.
  7. camverton

    camverton pfm Member

    The Fifth Symphony conducted by Haitink. It is a wonderful symphony but Haitink takes to another level by eschewing the pastoral element and revealing the underlying strength.

    Also the second string quartet is a real favourite of mine.
  8. Nic Robinson

    Nic Robinson Moderator

    Has anyone mentioned Mass in G Minor? Wonderful music.
  9. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    I listened to Haitink's 3rd & 4th yesterday. The 4th is the best version I've yet heard, really enjoyed it. But the 3rd was lacking interest - Hickox, Handley & Previn for me.
  10. eisenach

    eisenach Thüringen

    Absolutely. One of the pieces that discovered RVW for me; my Dad had an excerpt on a Phase4 sampler LP.
    Nic Robinson likes this.
  11. Dozey

    Dozey Air guitar member

    You really need to hear RVW conducting the 4th - brutal.
  12. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    Yes, RVW was not a particularly gifted conductor compared with, say Boult or Barbirolli but he got the results he wanted.
  13. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    Albion Records, the recording arm of the Vaughan Williams society are soon to release first recordings of music for various Greek plays which was wrtten at the instigation of Isadora Duncan but never performed - vey interesting and not quite as you might expect.

    Small clip here:-
  14. jamjar

    jamjar pfm Member

    I love Vaughan Williams' music. Also from what I have read about the man he was someone who deserves enormous respect as a human being. No one has mentioned Job which contains music equal to any of the symphonies.
  15. pianoman

    pianoman pfm Member

    Job is an out and out masterpiece and could well be my personal favourite of VW !
  16. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

    Possibly I didn`t give Job sufficient prominence in the OP - it is certainly one of my favourites. Perhaps one of the best performances I have heard is Boult on Everest in 1959, unfortunately the recording is rather flaky, it was an experimental process using a Westrex sepmag recorder and strangely retains a "film" sound.


    Several other good performances available though.
  17. herb

    herb music live

    Job is in the VW big CD box, LSO under Boult,
  18. jamjar

    jamjar pfm Member

    My recording is with the London Phil conducted by Vernon Handley - another good interpretation.
  19. Barrymagrec

    Barrymagrec pfm Member

  20. Dozey

    Dozey Air guitar member

    I agree. Love Vernon Handley's Sea Symphony.

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