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Work: Five variants of Dives and Lazarus

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ComposerVaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958)
Period20th century
Year1939
Work typeOrchestral
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Las Palmas de Gran CanariaQuinta sinfonía de Shostakovich con Leonard Slatkin

Quinta sinfonía de Shostakovich con Leonard Slatkin
Schumann, Vaughan Williams, Shostakovich
Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria; Leonard Slatkin

CórdobaStabat Mater dolorosa

Stabat Mater dolorosa
Vaughan Williams, Grieg, Kodály, Pergolesi
Orquesta de Córdoba; Carlos Mena; Jone Martínez
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Inspired Holst and Vaughan Williams from Mark Elder and the LSO

Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
A concert programme that includes both Holst and Vaughan Williams is as right as strawberries and cream at Wimbledon. 
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An evening in the English countryside with Elder and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Elder and Elgar prove to be a winning cominbation at the Chicago Symphony.
***11
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This is where the magic happens

Sometimes the small details make all the difference. They certainly did in this rendition by the CBSO and Steven Osborne under the baton of Andrew Manze that won you over with an unpretentious and all the more captivating performance.
****1
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Festive fare from the Auckland Philharmonia

For this Christmas concert we were transported from the Auckland Philharmonia’s usual venue at the Auckland Town Hall to the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Parnell. It was interesting to compare the sound of the orchestra; the cathedral has a slight echo that seemed to boost the richness of the orchestra’s sound, at times (like at the climax of Bizet’s Farandole) becoming almost shockingly loud.
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From Bridge to Vaughan Williams: The Orchestra of St John's at Kings Place

Frank Bridge, his pupil Benjamin Britten, and Ralph Vaughan Williams: three composers defined by their role in steering English music into the twentieth century. With Britten’s centenary approaching in 2013, Kings Place’s two-concert series of English string music was a timely reminder of the musical imagination that flourished in this country at the turn of the twentieth century.
***11
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