The first half of this collection focuses on Holst and Parry, music for which he cared deeply, but the second half shows a more playful side to his musical personality, in Russian Romantic dances, suites and overtures, and in the lighter repertoire of marches and intermezzi that was once staple fare and can still charm and entertain in equal measure.
The final CD is a potpourri of popular orchestral works including marches from a variety of countries in Europe and the U.S.A. Many of these recordings are making their first appearance on CD.
"A very British friendship": Sir Adrian Boult conducts Ralph Vaughan Williams
At the beginning of the century they met, became friends and in time Boult was to become one of the greatest Vaughan-Williams-conducters of the world. This 13 CD-collection includes the complete symphonic work of Vaughan-Williams (mostly in recordings with the London Philharmonic Orchestra), the Fantasias (like the famous Fantasia on "Greensleeves"), the Violin Concerto (with Yehudi Menuhin) as well as the Opera "The Pilgrim's Progress". CD 13 also includes about 25 minutes of rehearsal recordings.