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Top 5 Vaughan Williams works.
« on: May 05, 2015, 12:30:10 PM »
Jumping on the bandwagon - can't resist   ::)

Only one symphony allowed:

Symphony 6
Sancta Civitas
Job
The Pilgrim's Progress
Dona Nobis Pacem
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2015, 12:33:56 PM »
Hah!

Symphony N° 3 (A Pastoral Symphony)
Mass in g minor
Five Mystical Songs
Fantasia on a Theme of Thos Tallis
Flos campi
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2015, 12:41:03 PM »
Not that there's aught wrong with your five! I wanted to avoid duplication.
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Re: Top 5 Vaughan Williams works.
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2015, 12:46:17 PM »
Only one symphony allowed:

PFFFTTTT!!!

Symphony No.4
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Fantasia on "Greensleeves"
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Re: Top 5 Vaughan Williams works.
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2015, 12:51:38 PM »
A Sea Symphony
The Pilgrim's Progress
Scott of the Antarctic
Piano Concerto
Toward the Unknown Region


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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2015, 12:54:34 PM »
PFFFTTTT!!!

Symphony No.4
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Fantasia on "Greensleeves"
Serenade to Music

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Re: Top 5 Vaughan Williams works.
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2015, 12:55:33 PM »
Hah!

Symphony N° 3 (A Pastoral Symphony)
Mass in g minor
Five Mystical Songs
Fantasia on a Theme of Thos Tallis
Flos campi

Great list Karl.
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Re: Top 5 Vaughan Williams works.
« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2015, 12:57:26 PM »
A Sea Symphony
The Pilgrim's Progress
Scott of the Antarctic
Piano Concerto
Toward the Unknown Region


Do you mean the Scott film music or Sinfonia Antartica? Coincidentally was listening to the film score on my drive home from work today (Chandos/Rumon Gamba).
The Piano Concerto is very underrated - I prefer the two piano version.
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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2015, 12:58:12 PM »
Hah!

Symphony N° 3 (A Pastoral Symphony)
Mass in g minor
Five Mystical Songs
Fantasia on a Theme of Thos Tallis
Flos campi

Yes, the Five Mystical Songs is wonderful - I could easily have included it too.
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2015, 12:59:09 PM »
PFFFTTTT!!!

Symphony No.4
Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
Fantasia on "Greensleeves"
Serenade to Music

Five Variants - a wonderful work which, in some ways it prefer to Tallis Fantasia, great as that is.
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2015, 12:59:55 PM »
Serenade to Music
Symphony #5
Double Piano Concerto
Oboe Concerto
The Lark Ascending

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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2015, 01:01:07 PM »
Serenade to Music
Symphony #5
Double Piano Concerto
Oboe Concerto
The Lark Ascending

Nice to see the double PC getting some support. It is not generally regarded very highly but I am very fond of its craggy appeal.
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Re: Top 5 Vaughan Williams works.
« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2015, 01:04:08 PM »
Tallis Fantasia
Songs of Travel
Hodie Christus natus est (Xmas cantata)
Phantasy (String) Quintet

(I have to re-listen to some symphonies to nominate one of those, emphatically NOT #2, though)
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I knew the night had gone.
The morning breeze like a bugle blew
Against the drums of dawn.
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2015, 01:06:45 PM »
Do you mean the Scott film music or Sinfonia Antartica? Coincidentally was listening to the film score on my drive home from work today (Chandos/Rumon Gamba).

The film music of course (as a work-around of the one-symphony rule? you'll never know;), which I love dearly (as well as Sinfonia antartica). And that Chandos recording is splendid, indeed.

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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2015, 01:08:54 PM »
The film music of course (as a work-around of the one-symphony rule? you'll never know;), which I love dearly (as well as Sinfonia antartica). And that Chandos recording is splendid, indeed.
Thanks - I agree.
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2015, 01:16:32 PM »
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2015, 01:18:19 PM »
The Piano Concerto is very underrated.

It's a great favourite. I don't find the reworking for two pianos (which he did not do all by himself, by the way) as appealing.


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Re: Top 5 Vaughan Williams works.
« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2015, 01:21:26 PM »
8)

In no particular order:

Symphony No. 8
Flos Campi
Job, A Masque for Dancing
The Lark Ascending
Partita for Double String Orchestra
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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2015, 01:45:44 PM »
8)

In no particular order:

Symphony No. 8
Flos Campi
Job, A Masque for Dancing
The Lark Ascending
Partita for Double String Orchestra

Nice list - second vote for Job.  :)
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Re: Top 5 Vaughan Williams works.
« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2015, 01:50:35 PM »
Nice list - second vote for Job.  :)

Thanks, Jeffrey. Yeah, I've loved Job right from the opening measures. I just knew this was going to be a favorite right from the start. I picked Symphony No. 8 over other favorites like the 3rd through the 6th for the reason that I feel the 8th is not only neglected, but it's one of those symphonies that took me some time to connect with and once I did, it has remained a firm favorite. This work really blows me away.
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