Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending, Suite of Six Short Pieces, The Solent, Fantasia | Naxos 8573530

Vaughan Williams - The Lark Ascending, Suite of Six Short Pieces, The Solent, Fantasia

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573530

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 11th November 2016

Contents

Artists

Jennifer Pike (violin)
Sina Kloke (piano)
Chamber Orchestra of New York

Conductor

Salvatore Di Vittorio

Works

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra
Suite of six short pieces
The Lark Ascending
The Solent

Artists

Jennifer Pike (violin)
Sina Kloke (piano)
Chamber Orchestra of New York

Conductor

Salvatore Di Vittorio

About

Vaughan Williams withdrew or destroyed many works from his earliest period, but he considered The Solent, with its haunting opening and luminous polyphonic textures, as among his ‘most important works’. The Fantasia is his earliest known piece for solo instrument with orchestra and contains some of his most bravura writing, contrasting with the graceful geniality of the Suite. Depicting a sublimely pastoral scene and now one of the best loved pieces ever written, Vaughan Williams called The Lark Ascending a ‘romance’, a term reserved for his most profoundly lyrical works.

This release presents the world première recording of Vaughan Williams’s Suite of Six Short Pieces for Piano, and only the second recording of first editions of rediscovered early works.

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