Vaughan Williams: The Collectors Edition ( 30 CD Box set )  now £27.99 @ Amazon

Vaughan Williams: The Collectors Edition ( 30 CD Box set ) now £27.99 @ Amazon

Found 3rd Jan 2011
Bought This Superior EMI Classics 30CD Box a few months back paid over £50 Almost Everything Vaughan Williams has written - and not a duff track on any of the discs - stunning at less than £1 a disc - try buying these seperately and you'll pay a small fortune and no I'm not having a lark (ascending) !!!!!

A Sea Symphony
I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso)
Disc 1

Behold the sea itself (chorus)

Today a rude brief recitative (baritone & chorus)

Flaunt out, O sea, your separate flags of nations (soprano & chorus)

Token of all brave captains (chorus)

A pennant universal (baritone, soprano & chorus)
II. On the Beach at Night, Alone (Largo sostenuto)

On the beach, at night, alone (baritone & semi-chorus)

A vast similitude interlocks all (baritone & chorus)

III. Scherzo: The Waves (Allegro brillante)
IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto)

O vast Rondure, swimming in Space (chorus)

Down from the gardens of Asia descending (chorus)

O we can wait no longer (baritone & soprano)

O thou transcendent (soprano, baritone & chorus)

Greater than stars or suns (chorus, soprano & baritone)

Sail forth (chorus, soprano & baritone)

O my brave Soul (soprano, baritone & chorus)
A London Symphony
Disc 2

I. Lento - Allegro risoluto (molto pesante)

II. Lento

III. Scherzo (Nocturne): Allegro vivace

IV. Andante con moto - Maestoso alla marcia (quasi lento) - Allegro - Maestoso alla marcia (alla I) - Epilogue (Andante sostenuto)
Symphony No. 8 in D minor

I. Fantasia (Variazioni senza tema)

II. Scherzo alla marcia (per stromenti a fiato) (Allegro alla marcia)

III. Cavatina (per stromenti ad arco) (Lento espressivo)

IV. Toccata (Moderato maestoso)
A Pastoral Symphony
Disc 3

I. Molto moderato

II. Lento moderato

III. Moderato pesante

IV. Lento
Symphony No. 4 in F minor

I. Allegro

II. Andante moderato

III. Scherzo (Allegro molto) -

IV. Finale (Allegro molto) con epilogo fugato (Con anima)
Oboe Concerto in A minor
Disc 4

I. Rondo pastorale (Allegro moderato)

II. Minuet and Musette (Allegro moderato)

III. Finale: Scherzo (Presto - Lento - Presto)
Symphony No. 5 in D

I. Preludio (Moderato - Allegro - Tempo I)

II. Scherzo (Presto misterioso)

III. Romanza (Lento)

IV. Passacaglia (Moderato - Allegro - Tempo primo - Tempo del Preludio)
Symphony No. 6 in E minor
Disc 5

I. Allegro -

II. Moderato -

III. Scherzo (Allegro vivace) -

IV. Epilogue (Moderato)
Symphony No. 9 in E minor

I. Moderato maestoso

II. Andante sostenuto

III. Scherzo (Allegro pesante)

IV. Andante tranquillo
Disc 6

Serenade to Music (choral version)
Partita for double string orchestra

I. Prelude (Andante tranquillo) -

II. Scherzo ostinato (Presto)

III. Intermezzo (Homage to Henry Hall) (Andante con moto)

IV. Fantasia (Allegro)
Sinfonia antartica

I. Prelude (Andante maestoso)

II. Scherzo (Moderato)

III. Landscape (Lento)

IV. Intermezzo (Andante sostenuto)

V. Epilogue (Alla marcia moderato, non troppo allegro)
The Wasps - Aristophanic Suite
Disc 7

I. Overture

II. Entr'acte

III. March Past of the Kitchen Utensils

IV. Entr'acte

V. Ballet and Final Tableau
Prelude and Fugue in C minor


Piano Concerto in C

I. Toccata (Allegro moderato) -

II. Romanza (Lento) -

III. Fuga cromatica (Allegro) con

finale alla tedesca
Concerto in C for two pianos and orchestra
Disc 8

I. Toccata (Allegro moderato) -

II. Romanza (Lento) -

III. Fuga cromatica (Allegro) con

finale alla tedesca
Job - A Masque for Dancing
Scene I:

Introduction -

Saraband of the Sons of God

Scene II: Satan's Dance of Triumph

Scene III: Minuet of the Sons of Job and Their Wives

Scene IV: Job's Dream -

Scene V: Dance of the Three Messengers

Scene VI: Dance of Job's Comforters -
Scene VII:

Elihu's Dance of Youth and Beauty -

Pavane of the Sons of the Morning
Scene VIII:

Galliard of the Sons of the Morning -

Altar Dance -

Scene IX: Epilogue
Disc 9

Serenade to Music (original version with 16 soloists)
English Folk Songs - Suite (orch. Gordon Jacob)

I. March (Seventeen Come Sunday)

II. Intermezzo (My Bonny Boy)

III. March (Folk Songs from Somerset)

Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1

Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'

In the Fen Country

The Lark Ascending
Disc 10

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Sea Songs - March (military band)
English Folk Songs - Suite

I. March (Seventeen Come Sunday)

II. Intermezzo (My Bonny Boy)

III. March (Folk Songs from Somerset)

Dawn Patrol (from the film Coastal Command)
Concerto grosso

I. Intrada (Largo)

II. Burlesca ostinata (Allegro moderato)

III. Sarabande (Lento)

IV. Scherzo (Allegro: tempo di valse)

V. March (A la marcia) and Reprise

Romance in D flat for harmonica with strings and pianoforte
Tuba Concerto in F minor

I. Prelude (Allegro moderato)

II. Romanza (Andante sostenuto)

III. Finale: Rondo alla tedesca (Allegro)
Disc 11

Serenade to Music (orchestral version)

The Poisoned Kiss - Overture
Old King Cole - A Ballet for Orchestra

(Allegro moderato)

Pipe Dance

Bowl Dance

Morris Jig: 'Go and 'list for a sailor'

Folk Song: 'A Bold Young Farmer'

Folk Tune: 'The Jolly Thresherman'

Solo Jig
Five Mystical Songs


I got me flowers

Love bade me welcome

The Call


Prelude on an Old Carol Tune

The Running Set

Prelude: 49th Parallel

Sea Songs - March (sym. orch.)
Variations for Brass Band (arr. orchestra)
Disc 12

Theme: Andante maestoso

Variation I: Poco tranquillo

Variation II: Tranquillo cantabile

Variation III: Allegro

Variation IV: Canon (Allegro)

Variation V: Moderato sostenuto

Variation VI: Tempo di valse

Variation VII: Arabesque (Andante sostenuto)

Variation VIII: Alla polacca

Variation IX: Adagio

Variation X: Fugato (Allegro moderato e risoluto)

Variation XI: Chorale
Two Hymn-Tune Preludes

1. Eventide (melody by W. H. Monk)

2. Dominus regit me (melody by J. B. Dykes)
Concerto accademico (Concerto for violin and strings in D minor)

I. Allegro pesante

II. Adagio

III. Presto
Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes (orch. Arnold Foster)

2. Rhosymedre (melody by J. D. Edwards, 1805-1885)

3. Hyfrydol (melody by R. H. Prichard, 1811-1887)
String Quartet No. 1 in G minor

I. Allegro moderato

II. Minuet and Trio (Tempo di minuetto)

III. Romance (Andante sostenuto)

IV. Finale: Rondo capriccioso (Allegro molto - Pochettino pi� mosso)
Violin Sonata in A minor
Disc 13

I. Fantasia (Allegro giusto)

II. Scherzo (Allegro furioso, ma non troppo)

III. Tema con variazioni
Tema (Andante)
Variation 1 -
Variation 2 -
Variation 3 -
Variation 4 -
Variation 5 -
Variation 6 (Allegro -
Tempo del preludio, ma tranquillo)
Phantasy Quintet

I. Prelude (Lento ma non troppo)

II. Scherzo (Prestissimo)

III. Alla sarabanda (Allegro moderato)

IV. Burlesca (Allegro moderato)
Six Studies in English Folk-Song

Adagio (Lovely on the Water)

Andante sostenuto (Spurn Point)

Larghetto (Van Diemen's Land)

Lento (She borrowed some of her mother's gold)

Andante tranquillo (The Lady and the Dragoon)

Allegro vivace (As I walked over London Bridge)
String Quartet No. 2 in A minor (For Jean on her Birthday)

I. Prelude (Allegro appassionato)

II. Romance (Largo)

III. Scherzo (Allegro)

IV. Epilogue: Greetings from Joan to Jean (Andante sostenuto)
Disc 14

Toward the Unknown Region - A song for chorus and orchestra
Dona nobis pacem

I. 'Agnus Dei' (Lento) -

II. 'Beat! beat! drums!' (Allegro moderato) -

III. Reconciliation (Andantino) -

IV. Dirge for Two Veterans (Moderato alla marcia) -

V. 'The Angel of Death has been abroad' (L'istesso tempo) -

VI. 'O man greatly beloved'

Fantasia (quasi variazione) on the Old 104th

An Oxford Elegy
Disc 15


Go, for they call you, Shepherd

Here will I sit and wait

Screen'd is this nook

That sweet city

Come, let me read

Or in my boat I lie

And once, in winter

But what - I dream!

No, no, thou hast not felt

Runs it not here

Needs must I, with heavy heart

Soon will the high Midsummer pomps

He hearkens not!

Never more

Yes, thou art gone!

Despair I will not

Why faintest thou?

Whitsunday Hymn (No. 3 of Three Choral Hymns)
Flos campi

1. Sicut Lilium inter spinas (Lento) -

2. Jam enim hiems transiit (Andante con moto) -

3. Quaesivi quem diligit anima mea (Lento - Allegro moderato) -

4. En lectulum Salomonis (Moderato alla marcia) -

5. Revertere, revertere Sulamitis! (Andante quasi lento) -

6. Pone me ut signaculum (Moderato tranquillo)
Sancta Civitas

I was in the spirit (Lento)

And I saw Heaven opened (Allegro)

And I saw an angel standing in the sun (Meno mosso)

Babylon the great is fallen (Lento)

Rejoice over her O Heavens (Allegro moderato)

And I saw a new heaven (Adagio)

Therefore are they before the throne of God (Poco meno largo)

And I saw a pure river

Holy, Holy, Holy (Andante sostenuto)

Heaven and earth are full of Thy glory (Poco animato)
Five Tudor Portraits
Disc 16

1. Ballad: The Tunning of Elinor Rumming

2. Intermezzo: My Pretty Bess

3. Burlesca: Epitaph on John Jayberd of Diss

4. Romanza: Jane Scroop (Her Lament for Philip Sparrow)

5. Scherzo: Jolly Rutterkin


Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Disc 17

This is the truth sent from above -

Come all you worthy gentlemen -

On Christmas night all Christians sing -

God bless the ruler of this house
Hodie - A Christmas Cantata

I. Prologue: Nowell! Nowell!

II. Narration: Now the birth of Jesus Christ -

III. Song: It was the winter wild

IV. Narration: And it came to pass in those days

V. Choral: The blessed son of God

VI. Narration: And there were in the same country

VII. Song: The Oxen (Christmas Eve, and twelve of the clock)

VIII. Narration: And the shepherds returned

IX. Pastoral: The shepherds sing

X. Narration: But Mary kept all these things

XI. Lullaby: Sweet was the song the Virgin sang

XII. Hymn: Bright portals of the sky

XIII. Narration: Now when Jesus was born

XIV. The March of the Three Kings: From kingdoms of wisdom -

XV. Choral: No sad thought his soul affright

XVI. Epilogue: In the beginning was the Word
Fantasia on Christmas Carols
Disc 18

This is the truth sent from above -

Come all you worthy gentlemen -

On Christmas night all Christians sing -

God bless the ruler of this house

Yorkshire Wassail Song (We've been awhile a-wandering)
In Windsor Forest

i. The Conspiracy (Shakespeare)

II. Drinking Song (John Still or William Stevenson)

III. Falstaff and the Fairies (Shakespeare, Ravenscroft and Lyly)

IV. Wedding Chorus (Ben Johnson)

V. Epilogue (attrib. Campion)
Songs of Travel

1. The Vagabond

2. Let beauty awake

3. The Roadside Fire

4. Youth and Love

5. In Dreams

6. The infinite shining heavens

7. Whither must I wander

8. Bright is the ring of words

9. I have trod the upward and the downward slope
On Wenlock Edge

I. On Wenlock Edge

II. From far, from eve and morning

III. Is my team ploughing?

IV. Oh, when I was in love with you

V. Bredon Hill

VI. Clun
Disc 19

O, clap your hands
Mass in G minor




Sanctus - Osanna I - Benedictus - Osanna II

Agnus Dei

All people that on earth do dwell (Old Hundredth)

O taste and see

Te Deum in G

For all the saints (Sine nomine)
Three Preludes Founded on Welsh Hymn Tunes (2008 Digital Remaster)

1. Bryn Calfaria (melody by W. Owen, 1814-1893) (2008 Digital Remaster)

2. Rhosymedre (melody by J. D. Edwards, 1805-1885) (2008 Digital Remaster)

3. Hyfrydol (melody by R. H. Prichard, 1811-1887) (2008 Digital Remaster)

The Truth from Above

O little town of Bethlehem (v.3 arr. Ledger)

Joseph and Mary

And all in the morning

Alleluya, sing to Jesus (Hyfrydol)

Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney) (v.4 harm. Thomas Williamson)

All people that on earth do dwell (The Old Hundredth)
Four Hymns
Disc 20

Lord! Come away (J. Taylor)

Who is this fair one? (I. Watts)

Come Love, come Lord (R. Crashaw)

Evening Hymn (translated R. Bridges)
Merciless Beauty

Your ey�n two

So hath your beauty

Since I from love
Four Poems by Fredegond Shove

3. The New Ghost

4. The Water Mill
Ten Blake Songs

1. Infant Joy

2. A Poison Tree

3. The Piper

4. London

5. The Lamb

6. The Shepherd

7. Ah, Sunflower!

8.Cruelty has a human heart

9. The Divine Image

10. Eternity
On Wenlock Edge

I. On Wenlock Edge

II. From far, from eve and morning

III. Is my team ploughing?

IV. Oh, when I was in love with you

V. Bredon Hill

VI. Clun
The House of Life
Disc 21

I. Love-Sight

II. Silent Noon

III. Love's Minstrels

IV. Heart's Haven

V. Death in Love

VI. Love's Last Gift
Songs of Travel

I. The Vagabond

II. Let beauty awake

III. The Roadside Fire

IV. Youth and Love

V. In Dreams

VI. The infinite shining heavens

VII. Whither must I wander

VIII. Bright is the ring of words

IX. I have trod the upward and the downward slope
Disc 22

Linden Lea - A Dorset song

Joy, Shipmate, Joy!

A Clear Midnight

Orpheus with his lute (first setting)

Hands, Eyes and Heart

Five Mystical Songs

4. The Call (soloist in v.1 Philip Martin)

Linden Lea - A Dorset song
Five English Folk Songs

1. The Dark Eyed Sailor

2. The Spring Time of the Year

3. Just as the tide was flowing

4. The Lover's Ghost (Well met, my own true love)

5. Wassail Song

Bushes and Briars

Loch Lomond

John Dory


Ward, the Pirate

Ca' the Yowes

The Unquiet Grave

The Seeds of Love

Early in the Spring

The Turtle Dove

An Acre of Land

Bushes and Briars (men's voices)
Five English Folk Songs
Disc 23

The Captain's Apprentice

5. Wassail Song (transcr. for men's voices)

As I walked out

Bushes and Briars (voice & piano)


On Board a Ninety-Eight

The Ploughman

The Brewer

Rolling in the Dew

The Truth Sent from Above

Joseph and Mary (voice & piano)

The Saviour's Love

R�veillez-vous, Piccars

Chanson de qu�te

Ballade de J�sus Christ

She's like the swalllow

The Morning Dew

The Maiden's Lament

The Cuckoo

The Lawyer

Searching for Lambs

How cold the wind doth blow (or The Unquiet Grave)

A Song of Thanksgiving
Disc 24

I. Prologue (chorus)

II. Wake now (baritone and chorus)

III. The Calling of the Bride (chorus)

IV. The Minstrels (chorus)

V. Procession of the Bride (chorus)

VI. The Temple Gates (chorus)

VII. The Bell Ringers (chorus)

VIII. The Lover's Song (baritone and chorus)

IX. The Minstrel's Song (baritone and chorus)

X. Song of the Winged Loves (chorus)

XI. Prayer to Juno (baritone and chorus)
Riders to the Sea

Where is she?

Where is the bit of new rope?

Wait, Nora

You didn't give him his bit of bread?

Bartley will be lost now

They are all gone now
Hugh the Drover (or Love in the Stocks): A Romantic Ballad Opera in two acts
Disc 25

(Allegro vivacissimo) - Buy, buy, buy (Cheap-Jack)

Cold blows the wind on Cotsail (Showman)

As I was a-walking (Ballad Seller)

Show me a richer man (John)

Here come the Morris men (Chorus)

Life must be full of care (Aunt Jane)

Sweet little linnet that longs to be free (Hugh)

Horse-hoofs, horse-hoofs, thunder down the valleys (Hugh)

In the night-time I have seen you riding (Mary)

Mary! Mary! (Constable)

Oh! the devil and Bonyparty (Showman)

Yes, I! (Hugh)

Are you ready? Go! (Showman)

The drover's won! (Showman)

I tell you there's a price on this man's head (Constable)
Hugh the Drover (or Love in the Stocks): A Romantic Ballad Opera in two acts
Disc 26

(Lento moderato) - Past four o'clock (Ballad Seller)

Gaily! I go to die (Hugh)

Hugh! ... Mary! (Mary/Hugh)

Sweet little home (Mary)

Where's she gone to? (Constable)

Here, queen uncrowned (Mary)

A trollop from the stocks (John)

Dropped from the ranks on a winter's night (Sergeant)

March away, John! (Chorus)

O foolish girl, o radiant soul! (Hugh)

Oh! the sky shall be our roof (Hugh/Mary)
Sir John in Love . Opera in four acts . Libretto by the composer after Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor
Act I
Disc 27

(Allegro vivace) - What-hoa! (Shallow, Evans, Slender, Page)

How now, Master Shallow (Falstaff, Shallow, Slender, Bardolph, Pistol, Page, Nym)

O heavens, this is mistress Anne Page (Slender, Page, Falstaff, Shallow, Evans, Simple, Anne)

Ahem ... I had rather than forty shillings (Anne, Slender)

Weep eyes, break heart (Anne)

Do but look on her eyes (Fenton, Anne)

I see I cannot get thy father's love (Fenton, Anne, Page)

Vere is dat knave Rugby? (Caius, Rugby, Simple, Mrs Quickly)

I will myself marry Anne Page (Caius, Mrs Quickly, Rugby, Fenton)

Master Fenton, I'll be sworn she loves you (Mrs Quickly, Fenton, Bardolph, Nym, Pistol, Host)

Back and side go bare (Bardolph, Nym, Pistol, Host, Falstaff)

I spy entertainment in her (Falstaff, Pistol, Nym, Bardolph, Host)

Wilt thou revenge? (Pistol Nym, Ford)

Love my wife? I will be patient (Ford)

When daises pied and violets blue (Mrs Ford, Mrs Page, Ford)
Act II
Scene 1

(Allegro moderato e maestoso)

Thine own true knight (Mrs Page, Mrs Ford)

Ask me no reason why I love you (Mrs Ford, Mrs Page, Mrs Quickly)

Sigh no more, ladies (Mrs Quickly, Mrs Page, Mrs Ford)

Scene 2

Bardolph, Bardolph, I say! (Falstaff, Bardolph)

Give your worship good morrow (Mrs Quickly, Falstaff)

O that joy so soon should waste! (Falstaff)

There's one Master Brook below (Bardolph, Falstaff, Ford)

I have long loved her (Ford, Falstaff)

The dew that lies on roses (Falstaff, Ford)

Vere is mine host of de Garter? (Caius, Host, Slender, Shallow, Page, Ford)

Sir John in Love . Opera in four acts . Libretto by the composer after Shakespeare's Merry Wives of Windsor
Scene 1: Interlude
Disc 28

(Andante moderato)

Yet hear me speak (Fenton, Host, Chorus, Anne)

Beauty clear and fair (Fenton, Chorus, Anne)

Fair and fair and twice so fair (Chorus, Fenton, Anne, Host)

But listen, good mine host (Anne, Chorus, Host, Fenton)

I mun be married a-Sunday (Host, Chorus, Anne, Fenton)
Scene 2

(Lento) - When we sat down in Papylon (Evans, Simple)

How now, Master Parson?

Peace, I say! (Shallow, Page, Slender, Evans, Host, Caius, Simple, Rugby, Ford)

When I was a bachelor (Host, Omnes except Slender and Ford)

Scene 3

What, John! What, Robert! (Mrs. Ford, Mrs Page, John & Robert, Mrs Quickly)

Alas my love, you do me wrong (Mrs Ford, Falstaff)

Have I caught my heavenly jewel (Falstaff, Mrs Ford)

Mistress Ford! Mistress Ford! (Mrs Quickly, Falstaff, Mrs Ford, Mrs Page)

When I was a bachelor (Chorus of Men, Mrs Ford, Ford, Robert, Mrs Page)

Nay, follow him gentleman (Page, Mrs Page, Mrs Ford, Ford, Evans, Caius, Slender, Shallow, Host, Pistol, Bardolph, Nym)

Mistress Page! ... Mistress Page! (Ford, Page, Mrs Page, Host, Chorus)
Act IV
Scene 1

(Andante piacevole)

Pardon me, wife (Ford, Mrs Ford, Page, Mrs Page, Evans)

There is an old tale goes (Mrs Page, Page, Mrs Ford, Ford)

Trib, fairies, trib ... Round about in a fair ring-a (Evans, Chorus, Mrs Page, Page, Caius, Slender, Evans, Mrs Ford)

(Lento moderato )
Scene 2


The Windsor bell hath struck twelve (Falstaff, Mrs Ford, Mrs Page, Chorus of Fairies)

Oo Oo! ... Fairies black, grey, green and white (Chorus of Fairies, Anne, Falstaff, Mrs Quickly)

Dances of the Fairies (Allegro pesante) - But stay, I smell a man of middle earth (Evans, Falstaff, Host, Pistol, Chorus, Bardolph, Nym, Mrs Quickly)

Pinch him, pinch him black and blue (Chorus of Fairies, Falstaff)

(Moderato) - ay, do not fly (Page, Mrs Page, Ford, Mrs Ford, Host, Nym, Bardolph, Pistol, Mrs Quickly, Evans, Falstaff, Shallow, Slender, Simple, Caius) (That shld be 'Nay'...)

See the chariot at hand (Chorus, Fenton, Page, Anne, Falstaff, Ford, Mrs Page, Mrs Ford)

Whether men do laugh or weep (Falstaff, omnes)

Dance (Presto)
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue
Disc 29

Prologue: Bunyan in Prison
Act I

Scene 1: The Pilgrim meets Evangelist

Scene 2: The House Beautiful

Nocturne (Intermezzo)
Act II

Scene 1: The Arming of the Pilgrim

Scene 2: The Pilgrim meets Apollyon
Scene 1: Vanity Fair

Buy! What will ye buy?

I buy the truth
The Pilgrim's Progress - A morality in a prologue, four acts and an epilogue
Disc 30

Scene 2: The Pilgrim in Prison
Act IV

Scene 1: The Pilgrim meets Mister By-Ends

Scene 2: The Delectable Mountains

Who so dwelleth

The Lord is my Shepherd

Scene 3: The Pilgrim reaches the End of his Journey

The Pilgrim's Progress - Sir Adrian Boult in Rehearsal

Act III Scene 1

Act I Nocturne

Act IV Scene 1

Act IV Scene 2

Act II Scene 1
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This Amazon review is from: Vaughan Williams: The Collectors Edition (Audio CD)
30 discs for around £40 is a pretty good proposition, but you need to know what is on them, don't you? Ok, here goes. Volumes 1-6 contain the nine symphonies played by the RLPO conducted by Vernon Handley, together with the Oboe Concerto played by Jonathan Small and the Serenade to Music (Choral version, with the RLP Choir). Handley's performances are not necessarily the best ever of each of these individually, but they are certainly all above average and some, such as No.5, are considered among the best.

Disc 7 has the Wasps Suite and Piano Concerto, one-piano version (Piers Lane and the RLPO/Handley again), plus the Prelude and Fugue in C minor originally written for organ, but here in its impressive orchestral guise. Disc 8 starts with the two-piano version of the Piano Concerto, then Job, both under Boult, but with different orchestras (LPO/LSO). Disc 9 has the 16 soloist version of the Serenade to Music under Boult (sublime!) the English Folksong Suite in its orchestral guise with the LSO, the Norfolk Rhapsody No.1 with the New Philharmonia, the Fantasia on Greensleeves with the LSO, In the Fen Country with the New Philharmonia, and perhaps the most famous recording of The Lark Ascending with Hugh Bean as soloist. On Disc 10, we have the Tallis Fantasia with the Bournemouth SO under Silvestri (a shame that EMI didn't include the Barbirolli recording), the March Sea Songs and Folksong Suite (again) both in their wind band versions (played by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force), Dawn Patrol from the film Coastal Command with the RLPO under Charles Groves, the Concerto Grosso with the LPO under Boult, the famous recording of the Romance for harmonica and strings with the dedicatee, Larry Adler(+ BBCSO/Sargent) and the Tuba Concerto with the LSO/Barbirolli.

Disc 11, which is devoted to recordings by the Northern Sinfonia of England and Sinfonia Chorus under Richard Hickox, begins with the orchestral version of the Serenade to Music, the Overture to The Poisoned Kiss, Old King Cole, Five Mystical Songs (a shame they didn't use the Willcox/Shirley Quirk version instead, which is more attuned with the spirit of the music), Prelude on an Old Carol Tune, The Running Set, prelude to 49th Parallel and the Sea Songs March (orchestral version).

Disc 12 has the orchestral version (by Gordon Jacob) of the Brass Band Variations, with the Bournemouth SO under Brendan O'Brien (a good and little known piece), Two Hymn Tune Preludes, the Concerto Accademico (Violin Concerto) with Bradley Creswick as soloist, Three Preludes on Welsh Hymn Tunes in its orchestral guise (what a good piece!), these last three with the Northern Sinfonia under Hickox, then as a slightly different filler, the String Quartet No. 1 in G minor with the Britten Quartet (what a fantastic and underrated piece of chamber music this is!).

Disc 13 continues the chamber music theme, with the Violin Sonata, the Phantasy Quintet, 6 Studies in English Folksong in its cello and piano version, and the String Quartet No. 2 (Music Group of London).

Disc 14 is a compilation of old favourite recordings conducted by Boult, with Toward the Unknown Region, Dona Nobis Pacem, the Fantasia Concertante on the Old 104th and the (beautifully Holstian) Magnificat with Helen Watts as soloist.

It gets better... Disc 15 begins with John Westbrook as speaker in An Oxford Elegy, then there's the Whitsuntide Hymn from Three Choral Hymns sung by Robin Doveton, Flos Campi with Cecil Aronowitz and the Jacques Orchestra, and a quite superb performance of Sancta Civitas with the LSO/Shirley Quirk/ Partridge with the Bach Choir and the LSO/David Willcocks (what a neglected VW gem this is...).

Can it continue? Yes it can, as disc 16 is a cornucopia of wonderful Willcocks, with his magical recordings of Five Tudor Portraits, the Benedicite and Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus.

Disc 17 turns to Christmas fare, with the Fantasia on Christmas Carols (strings and organ version) with the City of Guildford Orchestra/Barry Rose, and then it's back to Willcocks and the Bach Choir (and Janet Baker) in the Christmas cantata Hodie - if you're still in doubt, try "It was the winter wild" or "The Oxen".

Just in case you haven't had enough Christmas music, the full orchestral version of the Fanstasia on Christmas Carols (with the LSO/Hickox) begins disc 18, then there is We've been awhile a-wandering in a choral/orchestral version (Bach Choir/Willcocks) and the choral suite derived from VW's opera Sir John in Love, In Windsor Forest (Bournemouth SO/Bournemouth Symphony Choir/ del Mar). Then two real classics, Songs of Travel in its orchestral version with Thomas Allen and On Wenlock Edge with Robert Tear, both with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle (what a shame he hasn't yet recorded the symphonies yet...).

Then we are on to a really good and diverse selection of miscellaneous choral pieces on disc 19, including (among other things) the Mass in G minor (King's College Choir/Willcocks), the Te Deum in G, O taste and see, and two versions of All people that on earth do dwell.

Discs 20 and 21 are devoted to songs - with Ian Patridge taking the palm for his brilliant singing of the Four Hymns (for voice, viola and piano), Merciless Beauty, Ten Blake Songs and On Wenlock Edge (have any of these ever been sung more affectingly?). Anthony Rolfe Johnson then sings The House of Life and the Songs of Travel, the latter in its original voice and piano version.

Discs 23 and 24 contain a variety of oddments, including the London Madrigal Singers in folk songs, Janet Baker singing Linden Lea, and also a choral version of Linden Lea with the Choristers of St Paul's Cathedral. Solo-voice folk song arrangements with Robert Tear and Philip Ledger (piano) are on disc 23 - just listen and wonder at How cold the wind doth blow - and this disc is rounded off with Boult conducting VW's post-WW2 commemorative piece, A Song of Thanksgiving.

Disc 24 starts with the cantata Epithalamion (LPO/Bach Choir/Willcocks), and then the rest of the box is devoted to VW's operas - Riders to the Sea (the Meredith Davies version - unequalled), Hugh the Drover (discs 25 and 26 - RPO/Groves), Sir John in Love (discs 27 and 28 - NPO/Meredith Davies) and, if all the rest were not enough, The Pilgrim's Progress in the recording by the LPO with Boult/John Noble, which in my view is the best-ever recorded performance (so far) of this masterpiece, including (at the very end) some rehearsal extracts, which are worth hearing maybe once.

If you have even the vaguest interest in VW, this is unmissable and if you are a fan and don't already have most of these recordings, it is one of the great bargains of our time.
Good spot. Also available on HMV with 5% Quidco!
Great collection but the OP's posts are too detailed and long for most people to be bothered deciphering what's on the disks.

Great collection but the OP's posts are too detailed and long for most … Great collection but the OP's posts are too detailed and long for most people to be bothered deciphering what's on the disks.

I found the comments very helpful!
Same price @ HMV plus Quidco…057

Please feel free to add this to your title or post as a separate deal
Edited by: "Geemac" 4th Jan 2011

Same price @ HMV plus … Same price @ HMV plus Quidco feel free to add this to your title or post as a separate deal

Yes Lets Hope HMV keep going be a shame to see them go.
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