Browse: Vaughan Williams - Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
This page lists all recordings of Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).
This was the first large-scale piece composed by Vaughan Williams after his studies with Ravel in Paris in 1908, and although it demonstrates his familiarity with the new school of French music, much of the work also looks back to the traditional English choral music of Purcell, Byrd, and, of course, Tallis.
Vaughan Williams found the theme when he edited The English Hymnal, Tallis having originally composed it in 1567. Scored for two unequal string orchestras and string quartet, the spread chords, majestic cadences and unearthly serenity mean this piece is an enduring favourite.
James Ehnes (violin)
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze
The success-level here is excellently high. Collectors will savour a genuine rarity: the composer’s own orchestra-only arrangement of the Serenade to Music…the music sounds as rapturously beautiful... — More…
Ian Bostridge (tenor), Sarah Chang (violin)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink
This set presents RVW in a slightly heretical way that will appeal to those whose RVW tastes have become jaded or for those who have, for whatever reason, been put off by the mainstream cycles.... — More…
Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord), John Ogdon (piano)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of Wales, London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth, Bryden Thomson, Vernon Handley, Nicholas...
The consistently high quality of the performances is striking. — More…
LSO String Ensemble, Roman Simovic
Clean-heeled athleticism and rhythmic spring — More…
Celia Nicklin (oboe), Iona Brown (violin)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields, The New Queen's Hall Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Neville Marriner, Barry Wordsworth, Adrian Boult
The sound of the LSO strings in 1910 must remain largely a matter of conjecture but this beautifully textured account on gut-string instruments cuts to the heart of the score and Wordsworth's... — More…
Emma-Jane Murphy (cello), Richard Tognetti (violin), Phillip Ayling (whistles), Yo-Yo Ma (cello), Eric Riegler (uilleann pipes), Timothy Landauer (cello), Steve Erdody (cello), Simon Oswell (viola), Bruce Dukov (violin)
Christopher Gordon, Barry Wordsworth