Ralph Vaughan Williams is one of Britain’s most illustrious composers, and this specially curated selection of works demonstrates the sheer breadth of his achievement. As a major 20th-century symphonist he is represented by four of his nine symphonies, all in critically acclaimed recordings (‘A clear top recommendation’ wrote Gramophone of A Sea Symphony). Popular orchestral works such as the celebrated Tallis Fantasia and The Lark Ascending are also included. Vaughan Williams’ chamber works are performed by the Maggini Quartet, his greatest contemporary champions; while the sublime Mass in G minor shows the composer’s high standing in the English choral tradition.
•Symphony No. 1, "A Sea Symphony"
•Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony" / The Wasps: Overture
•Symphonies Nos. 5 and 9
•Fantasia on Greensleeves / Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis / Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1
•Lark Ascending (The) / The Solent / 6 Short Pieces / Fantasia
•Phantasy Quintet / String Quartets Nos. 1, 2
•Willow-Wood / The Sons of Light
•Sacred Choral Music