Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; etc.

Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; etc.

by Bernard HaitinkBernard Haitink


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If there were an international style of conducting Vaughan Williams', Bernard Haitink would be its foremost practitioner. But although there have been international conductors who have taken up Vaughan Williams' very, very English music, virtually all of them took him up with English orchestras. Slatkin, Stokowski, even Rozhdestvensky used English conductors when they led their Vaughan Williams, and Haitink, the most international of international conductors, used the London Philharmonic for his Vaughan Williams. Ultimately, no matter how international Haitink's interpretations may be, his Vaughan Williams performance sounds as English as shepherd's pie. But while one may or may not wish for an international style of conducting for Vaughan Williams' symphonies, one cannot help but be grateful that Haitink has the London Philharmonic in this collection of Vaughan Williams's shorter works. How else could one wish the modal ecstasy of the "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" or the bucolic blessedness of "The Lark Ascending" or the rolling serenity of "In the Fen Country" or the pastoral bliss of "On Wenlock Edge" to sound except as very, very English played by a very, very English orchestra? Along with violinist Sarah Chang and tenor Ian Bostridge, Haitink directs clear-headed but warm-hearted performances that may or may not be English and may or may not be international, but are certainly as deep and moving as the best ever recorded. EMI's digital sound is rich, colorful, detailed, and just about real.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2004
Label: Emi Import
UPC: 0724358515121
catalogNumber: 585151
Rank: 28785


  1. Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 string orchestras
  2. Norfolk Rhapsody for orchestra No. 1 in E minor
  3. The Lark Ascending, romance for violin & orchestra
  4. In the Fen Country, symphonic impression for orchestra
  5. On Wenlock Edge, song cycle for tenor, piano & string quartet (or tenor & orchestra)

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