Donald Macleod introduces a set of miniature masterpieces for voice and oboe set to William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience and the exuberant penultimate symphony.
Celebrating British Music: At the age of 80, Vaughan Williams married Ursula Wood. In the five happy years of their marriage, there was no let-up in the composer's productivity, writing two symphonies, more film music and a set of songs for voice and oboe. Donald Macleod introduces those miniature masterpieces set to William Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience, Vaughan Williams's colourful evocation of Tudor England for a documentary film, and his penultimate symphony, full of the exuberance of youth.
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