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Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending; Violin Concerto; Elgar: Introduction and Allegro; Sereande for Strings / Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Concerto for Violin in D minor ("Concerto Accademico")
>Elgar, Edward : Introduction and Allegro, for string quartet & string orchestra in G major, Op. 47
>Elgar, Edward : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

British-violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen - described by the late Ruggiero Ricci following a masterclass as the "most exceptionally gifted young violinist I have ever encountered" - adds to her prodigious reputation with a new disc of timeless works for strings by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar. Joined again by the Orchestra of the Swan under David Curtis, the centerpiece of the program is a performance of Vaughan Williams' enchanting The Lark Ascending. Of her previous disc: "Waley-Cohen makes the utmost of [the D minor Concerto's] innocent, songful lyricism..." The Observer

Gramophone Magazine, January 2015
This performance [of the Concerto] is very convincing...And there are some fine imaginative touches; I was particularly taken with Tamsin Waley-Cohen's lovely flautando tone as the finale quietly drifts away...All in all, it's a most attractive programme, performed with real sympathy and understanding.

International Record Review, January 2015
Here is a fine performance indeed... forthright and exciting... Waley-Cohen's reading is deeply felt and has been thought through afresh... the results are sumptuous.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2015
By today's turbo-charged standards the firepower of Waley-Cohen's playing is not huge, and the range of light and shade a little contained; but her sense of line and capacity to make things happen are both beautiful and strikingly individual.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
In the Concerto Accademico she takes the composer's early instruction of "strict time". Both she and Davis Curtis play the Allegro Pesante in tempo. In The Lark Ascending Waley-Cohen's playing is warm and lyrical. By contrast, artistic director and principal conductor David Curtis makes his orchestra sound third-rate here. The very opening of the Introduction and Allegro is stiff and rhythmically square, without swagger.



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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Concerto for Violin in D minor ("Concerto Accademico")
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Ensemble: Orchestra of the Swan
  • Running Time: 17 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Elgar, Edward : Introduction and Allegro, for string quartet & string orchestra in G major, Op. 47
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Notes: Composition written: 1905.
  • Running Time: 13 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Elgar, Edward : Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 10 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The lark ascending
  • Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Curtis
  • Running Time: 16 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914