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London Festival Orchestra

LFO_Cornucopia LFO-black Copy (2) of Studio 1b

 

The Warehouse

13 Theed Street

London

SE1 8ST

 

T: +44 (0)20 7928 9251

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orchestra@lfo.co.uk

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Vaughan Williams

"...Mellow with a couple of tinkly, spakling G & Ts, I felt a surge of some indefinable emotion at the white coast, navy sea and yellow rapeseed fields of Sussex below; giving way to blossoms and tender beech leaves of Somerset and Devon as we sped down the M5.

 

Vaughan Williams is the man for this sort of mood - Maytime, sap rising, turquoise night skies. Whoa, woman.

 

The Lark Ascending, that summer hymn for violin and orchestra, the sublime Tallis Fantasia, and Greensleeves are enduring favourites. But enterprising ASV - in a crystalline recording - has also included on this disc two lesser-played works.

 

In the Fen Country and the Partita for Double String Orchestra are pastorally-inspired little masterpieces - a satisfying find. VW's critics may have called it cow-pat music. But I can think of many a visiting American cousin who'd be very glad to get this lot in the eye."