This 6-CD set brings together the acclaimed Vaughan Williams recordings from Teldec’s British Line and includes as a bonus two works (The Wasps and Fantasia on Greensleeves) which were not included in the original release.
Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra are considered to be interpreters par excellence of this quintessentially British repertoire.
“Davis draws from his BBC orchestral and choral forces the most elated singing and playing.”
(BBC Music Magazine on Symphony No. 1)
“Davis’s interpretation achieves genuine stature.”
(Gramophone on Symphonies Nos. 2 and 8)
“Davis has the key to this symphony’s combination of mystery, menace and qualified optimism.”
(Sunday Telegraph on Job – A Masque for Dancing)
“(Andrew Davis’s) is a reading (of The Lark Ascending) with an unusual depth of feeling and quotient of pathos. Little herself, wonderfully certain in technique, hovers and rides on summer air currents, responds to every breath of movement and, for a time, changes from bird to human being to join in perfect accord with the gently observed folk dances. There’s a sense of loss as her postlude fades away. Davis conducts an impressive performance of the Sixth too… (in the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis) the BBC Strings are glowing and rich and give a fluent and varied performance.”