Chandos CHAN 10796
Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending; Moeran: Violin Concerto; etc. – Tasmin Little, BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis
In this release, playing works by Vaughan Williams, Moeran, Elgar, Delius, and Holst, Tasmin Little once again demonstrates her unique affinity with some of the best-loved British composers of the twentieth century. Her previous Chandos recordings of British music have been acclaimed, Gramophone writing of her performance of Elgar’s Violin Concerto: ‘For sheer beauty of tone and expressive nostalgia, Tasmin Little and Sir Andrew Davis out-Elgar their rivals.’ E.J. Moeran composed his Violin Concerto during visits to Ireland, and the work strongly reflects his love of the landscape in County Kerry. The Lark Ascending, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s much-loved romance for violin and orchestra, has long been considered a pièce de resistance for Tasmin Little, one that she is often called on to perform in concert. The disc also features three works by Elgar, all heard in arrangements for violin and orchestra by Roger Turner: Chanson de matin of 1899, its companion piece, Chanson de nuit, which features a dark-coloured main melody appropriate to its title, and Salut d’amour, one of the early works that made the composer’s name.