Ralph Vaughan Williams http://wrti.org en 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending http://wrti.org/post/60th-anniversary-classical-cd-highlight-vaughan-williams-lark-ascending <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "><em>The Lark Ascending</em>, by&nbsp;Ralph Vaughan Williams, performed by&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">David Greed, violin, and the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; ">English Northern Philharmonia conducted by David Lloyd-Jones</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">, is featured on CD 2 in the </span>WRTI<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> </span>60th<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; "> Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.</span></p><div>Has there ever been a musical portrait of such beauty, grace, and tranquility? Inspired by George Meredith’s poem, this gorgeously meditative piece, originally written for violin and piano, was rearranged for violin and orchestra by Vaughan Williams in 1920. Between folksong-like orchestral interludes, the solo violinist takes flight playing soft, fluttering ascending and descending pentatonic (five-note) scale patterns, “ever winging up and up.”<br><br>Vaughan Williams’s free use of rhythm in the cadenzas enables the soloist to “lift us with him as he goes,” vividly depicting the song and motion of the lark as he takes wing out over the horizon.</div><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px; "> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 02:28:24 +0000 Mark Pinto 6437 at http://wrti.org 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: Vaughan Williams, The Lark Ascending