Ralph Vaughan Williams

Born 12 October 1872. Died 26 August 1958.
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Vaughan Williams: Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'

The BBC SO in Vaughan Williams' Fantasia on Greensleeves.

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Ralph Vaughan Williams OM (12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer of symphonies, chamber music, opera, choral music, and film scores. He was also a collector of English folk music and song; this collecting activity influenced both his editorial approach to the English Hymnal, in which he included many folk song arrangements as hymn tunes, and several of his own original compositions.

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  1. Review of A London Symphony

    A London Symphony 2007

    Reviewed by John Armstrong
    We loved it anyway, but it's better than we all thought...
  2. Review of Film Music Volume 1

    Film Music Volume 1 2007

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    The recording has tremendous weight as well as detail...
  3. Review of Early Chamber Music

    Early Chamber Music 2007

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    'This music tells us about Vaughan Williams' development, and that while he hadn't yet...
  4. Review of Willow-wood

    Willow-wood 2005

    Reviewed by Andrew McGregor
    Probably the first performance of Vaughan Williams's cantata Willow-Wood in its...
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