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The Life of Ralph Vaughan Williams / "O Thou Transcendent" Tony Palmer Films [DVD]

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2008 marks the 50th anniversary of Vaughan Williams' death and this timely DVD is the first ever full-length film biography of the great man, prooduced by the multi-award winning director, Tony Palmer. "Tony Palmer's film is now complete. Undoubtedly controversial it will also be very important in raising awareness of RVW. Two and a half hours long, it looks at Vaughan Williams' life as a disturbed and frustrated one. Powerful with some harrowing imagery, the film firmly dispels the myth that VW was a cuddly folk song collector and recycler who was affectionately known as "Uncle Ralph"... The music passages are superbly played and filmed. The film is available on DVD. An absolute must see." -www.rvwsociety.com

Produced by the multi-award winning director Tony Palmer, this is the first ever full-length film biography on Ralph Vaughan Williams. This film features interviews with many of those who knew and worked with him, including the Gloucester Cathedral Choir conducted by Andrew Nethsingha, archive performances by Boult and Barbirolli, newly discovered interviews with Vaughan Williams himself, specially recorded extracts from The Symphonies, Job, The Lark Ascending and The Tallis Fantasia as well as contributions from Harrison Birtwistle, John Adams, Richard Thompson, Mark Anthony Turnage, Barbara Dickson, Michael Tippett & Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys.

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Run Time: 129 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, Color
Sound Format(s): , Digitally Processed
Country of Origin: Great Britain


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