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Donald Macleod reflects on Vaughan Williams's contribution to the effort for World War ii and introduces a selection of music from this period.

Celebrating British Music: By the outbreak of the Second World War, Vaughan Williams was nearly 67 so active service wasn't an option but he was able to do his bit in other ways; he was appointed Chairman of a Home Office Committee looking into the plight of refugees from Nazi Germany. Donald Macleod introduces a concerto whose premiere was delayed because of flying bombs over London, and a string quartet with a prominent role for Vaughan Williams's favourite instrument, the viola.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Valiant for truth for chorus with organ or piano ad lib.

    Choir: Finzi Singers. Conductor: Paul Spicer.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-9425.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 7.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Concerto in A minor for oboe and string orchestra

    Performer: Jonathan Small. Conductor: Vernon Handley. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI : cdemx-2179.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Household music - 3 preludes on Welsh hymn tunes for unspecified forces

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-9392.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 12.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Quartet no. 2 in A minor (for Jean on her birthday) for strings

    Ensemble: Maggini Quartet.
    • NAXOS : 8-555300.
    • NAXOS.
    • 10.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    49th parallel: Prelude (opening titles)

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Rumon Gamba

    • Chandos: CHAN10529(3).
    • 1.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Household Music - II: St Denio

    Performer: Northern Sinfonia Conductor: Richard Hickox

    • Chandos: CHAN9392.
    • 12.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    String quartet No.2 in A minor

    Performer: Maggini Quartet

    • Naxos: 8.555300.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Motet: Valiant for Truth

    Performer: Finzi Singers Director: Paul Spicer

    • Chandos: CHAN9425.
    • 7.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Oboe concerto

    Performer: Jonathan Small (oboe) Performer:Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra Conductor: Vernon Handley

    • EMI; CDEMX2179.

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