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Vaughn Williams: Tallis Fantasia & Barber: Adagio

I have never written a review before . "Fantasia On A Theme" has got to be one of the best classical pieces that I have had the privledge to listen to. I first heard it on NPR here in Denver and immediatley fell in love with it. I like to sit alone and just turn it up an close my eyes and let the music take me away and this piece can certainly do that with all of it's highs and lows.

Glorious Works and Sound

This disc has been a favorite in my collection for over 20 years. The works are wonderful orchestral images and the sound is stellar. The 'Fantasia' should be in every classical collection. The 'Adagio' of course is well known , along with 'Danny Boy', but all the selections are both moving and beautiful. From the CD notes, 'the Fantasia is like "stained glass windows in sound"' and that just about describes this great collection. Recommended highly.

Great Start into Modern Classical Music

I bought this CD in 1985 right after I bought my first CD player -- it was one of the few digitally recorded CDs at the time, a grand new experience, a great new technology, for those who remember the transition from vinyl LPs to the new digital CD format... Anyway, the "Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis" piece blew me away, plus Barber's "Adagio" kept me up nights with its profound and melancholy melody. I basically kept this CD on perpetual repeat the first week I owned it. I know by now the sequence of tracks, timing of phrases, every melody and every minute and second of these pieces. And it never, ever gets old. Unh-unh. Never. This CD is a beautiful excursion into sonic bliss, simply gorgeous melodies offered through sumptuous orchestration with the highest Telarc sonic standards. My favorite "Desert Island" CD of all time... Except for Beethoven's 9th, or maybe 5th. Or Kate Bush's "Hounds of Love." Or... But, really, this is powerful and beautiful music. Highly recommended.


Born: September 1, 1944 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Leonard Slatkin is one of the world's leading conductors, noted for his performances of American, Russian, and British music, and Haydn symphonies. He was born to a famous musical family. His father was Felix Slatkin (1915-1963), a Saint Louis-born violinist who rose to become a film score and light music conductor, and founder of the Hollywood String Quartet. Leonard's mother was the excellent cello soloist Eleanor Aller, cellist of the quartet. Between them, they trained their boy in violin, viola,...
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Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasia & Barber: Adagio, Leonard Slatkin
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Sep 01, 1983

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