Ralph Vaughan Williams: The New Collector's Edition

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The New Collector's Edition

0190296245374 (Warner Classics, CD, 30 discs)

COMPILATION (30 September 2022)

Playing time: 69'45"/72'03"/66'52"/57'04"/66'40"/
Tracks: 15 + 8 + 8 + 7 + 8 + 10
Booklet pages: 16
℗ 2022 Parlophone Records Ltd
© 2022 Parlophone Records Ltd
Main country of recording: United Kingdom
Country of manufacture: Germany
Reviewer: Gerald Fenech
Review of Ralph Vaughan Williams: The New Collector's Edition published on 7 November 2022

Joan Rodgers, soprano (CD1)
William Shimell, baritone (CD1
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir (CD1)
Ian Tracey, chorus master (CD1)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (CDs 1-5)
Vernon Handley, conductor (CDs 2-5)
Jonathan Small, oboe (CD4 track 1-3)

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958):

CD1

1-15 A Sea Symphony, for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra (Walt Whitman)

CD2

1-4 A London Symphony

5-8 Symphony No 8 in D minor

CD3

1-4 A Pastoral Symphony

5-8 Symphony No 4 in F minor

CD4

1-3 Oboe Concerto in A minor

4-7 Symphony No 5 in D

CD5

1-4 Symphony No 6 in E minor

5-8 Symphony No 9 in E minor

CD6

1 Serenade to Music

2-5 Partita for Double String Orchestra

6-10 Sinfonia antarctica

Celebrated as the musical poet of the English landscape, Vaughan Williams was also a visionary composer of enormous range: from the pastoral lyricism of The Lark Ascending and the still melancholy of Silent Noon to the violence of the Fourth Symphony and the grand ceremonial of All people that on earth do dwell. As we celebrate the 150th Anniversary of his birth (12 October), this edition presents all the major orchestral, chamber, vocal and stage works, as well as many lesser pieces and rarities, across thirty CDs, with performances conducted by Vernon Handley, Richard Hickox, Adrian Boult, David Willcocks, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, Ian Partridge, Robert Tear, Charles Groves and Meredith Davies.