I listen to SiriusXM symphony channel all day long while driving, and very few pieces capture my heart and soul enough to make me stop and go find what magical melody is caressing my ears so sweetly... This is one of those enchanting, beautiful, transcendent, works of art!
Why album only?
By Smoke the Magnificent
All I wanted to buy was a high-quality version of Fantastia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, but to my surprise, it was album only! Why? The short segment I heard from it sounded to be, by far, the best recording on iTunes. Why don't they have it for sale by itself? I am very disappointed.
I've worn out two copies of this album (one vinyl and one CD). These are the pieces that most people think of first when they think of Vaughan Williams, and with good reason. Virtually perfect recordings of exquisite music.
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
I heard "The Lark Ascending" on the radio (KUSC, Los Angeles) and fell in love. I wanted to get the version I heard (this one, by Neville Mariner) because the performance was breathtaking and luckily the album was available on iTunes. I realized then that it also included the title track of the album which I have always loved hearing and wanted to have in my collection.
My favorite Vaughan Williams
I had this on vinyl and it is a lovely introduction to Vaughan Williams' music. I first bought it because of "The Lark Ascending" - I had seen an Alvin Ailey ballet set to that music and I was astounded by the music. As another reviewer said, this music makes one feel humbled. When I listen to it, I feel as if I'm lying in the grass of an enormous meadow at twilight, looking up at the sky.
Pure Fish & Chip - Delicious
This collection of Vaughan Williams' works gave us a taste of a genuine English fish and chip plate. It is simple, yet tasty (percussion instrument was not used here.) You have to listen to the entire album any time you start it. At one point, you will feel you are at the open sea, at another, you feel you are walking on the green grass of Scotland. The Lark Ascending actually makes you feel you are being elevated to the blue sky. You are humbled by this music, if you know what I mean.