Vaughan Williams: Tallis Fantasia & Barber: Adagio
Leonard Slatkin & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra
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||Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis||Leonard Slatkin & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra||15:41||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Gymnpodie No. 1||Leonard Slatkin & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra||2:48||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gymnopedie No. 3||Leonard Slatkin & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra||3:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Adagio for Strings, Op. 11||Leonard Slatkin & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra||7:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Pavane, Op. 50||Leonard Slatkin & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra||5:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Irish Tune from County Derry (Danny Boy)||Leonard Slatkin & Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra||6:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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.
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