Artist: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman
Title: Vaughan Williams & Elgar: The Lark Ascending; Tallis Fantasia; Introduction & Allegro; In Moonlight
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
This album, reflecting the love affair Pinchas Zukerman has had with English music since the late 1960s, contains the most beloved violin pieces by Edward Elgar and Ralph Vaughan Williams, the towering figures of the English musical renaissance. Salut d’amour was immensely popular from the beginning but made Elgar virtually no money. The Lark Ascending had to wait until after Vaughan Williams’s death to become renowned throughout the English-speaking world.
The two composers were very different. Elgar, a sensitive, nervous type, was not only lower-middle class but a Roman Catholic and thus doubly beyond the pale. By sheer hard work he made himself into a leading late-Romantic composer, successor to Schumann, Brahms and Dvork and a superb orchestrator. Vaughan Williams, a large, almost shambling figure, had the confidence of being born into the upper class and, starting as an Anglican, became an agnostic. An enthusiastic folksong collector, he loved to compose in a modal, pentatonic manner but behaved rather like a gentleman amateur, often needing help with scoring his orchestral music.
- The Lark Ascending, Romance for violin and orchestra – 14:20
- Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis for 2 string orchestras – 16:03
- Serenade for strings in E minor, Op.20: I. Allegro piacevole – 3:29
- Serenade for strings in E minor, Op.20: II. Larghetto – 6:13
- Serenade for strings in E minor, Op.20: III. Allegretto – 2:55
- Salut d’amour, Op.12 for violin and orchestra – 3:19
- Chanson de matin, Op.15 No. 2 – 3:24
- Chanson de nuit, Op.15, No.1 – 4:26
- In Moonlight from ‘In the South’, Op.50, arr. Julian Milone – 3:15
- Introduction and Allegro, Op.47 for string quartet and string orchestra – 14:25