Vaughan Williams

Sir Adrian Boult (conductor) Berg, Stravinsky & Vaughan Williams (SOMM Recordings)

A significant addition to the Boult discography [SG]

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Dreams Desires Desolation – English Song (Divine Art)

An interesting disc of English Parlour Songs suffers from a lack of personality and variety [PT]

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Elgar: Orchestral Works (LSO Live)

Best avoided – there are many far superior options [RMo]

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Dreams, Desires, Desolation (Divine Art)

A substantial exploration of English song [JF]

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Vaughan Williams: Job – A Masque for Dancing (Onyx)

A highly persuasive account of Job [JQ]

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Parry: Ode on the Nativity (Lyrita)

(Déjà Review) The reappearance on CD of these performances is a cause for great celebration [JQ]

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Vaughan Williams: Hodie (Naxos)

(Déjà Review) Though not quite ideal in the popular Fantasia, this version of Hodie brings to life a work which I had previously written off as one of RVW’s few failures [BW]

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Vaughan Williams: Music for Christmas (Chandos)

(Déjà Review) Beautifully sensitive performances atmospherically recorded [RB]

Sir Adrian Boult (conductor) (ICA Classics)

A previously unissued live Sinfonia antartica heads this 40th anniversary Boult release [JW]

The Monarch’s Music (CRD)

Admirers of music for Military Band and its performing traditions will enjoy this diverse programme [NB]

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Vaughan Williams, MacMillan, Tavener: Choral Works (Hyperion)

Splendid Vaughan Williams, and the other works are not to be missed on any account [WH]

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The English Tenor (Divine Art)

An enjoyable recital by a newcomer to the field of English Art Song [EJW]

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The First Songs of Travel (Albion)

Despite reservations, Standen’s Songs of Travel merits a place in the VW discography [JQ]

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English Orchestral Anthems (Delphian)

I will be returning to this disc often [WK]

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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos 3 & 4 (Classics For Pleasure)

(Déjà Review) Handley’s magnificent readings make this disc essential both for collectors and newcomers [CT]

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A Vaughan Williams Hymnal (Conifer Classics)

A beautifully performed programme of Vaughan Williams’ hymns with exemplary attention to detail [MSt]

Vaughan Williams, MacMillan, Tavener: Choral works (Hyperion)

This disc closes the James O’Donnell era at Westminster Abbey in considerable style [JQ]

Maconchy & Vaughan Williams: Songs Vol. 2 (Resonus)

Another great opportunity to explore fine vocal music [JF]

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Vaughan Williams & Maconchy: Songs – Vol 1 (Resonus)

A wonderful opportunity to explore fine vocal music [JF]

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The First Songs of Travel (Albion)

A 1950s English song recital restored; excellent remastering but stylistically uncertain [JW]

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Vaughan Williams: Job (Onyx)

A most welcome, pastoral take on VW’s masterpiece [DMD]

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English Orchestral Anthems (Delphian)

A terrific disc [JQ]

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The First Songs of Travel (Albion)

A historical release that wears its age lightly – excellent restoration and attractive singing of well-chosen repertoire [NB]

Vaughan Williams: 49th Parallel (Dutton Epoch)

All VW devotees should ensure they hear this ear-opening disc without delay [JQ]