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The Lark Ascending

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Vaughan Williams’ both melancholy and joyful The Lark Ascending for violin and orchestra has its roots in English folk music. A floating, musical idyll with enigmatic trills of the lark; a solo song which ascends to ethereal heights and disappears from our view. Where to?

Originally, Vaugan Williams composed this piece for violin and piano, inspired by George Meredith’s poem with the same title: “And ever winging up and up / Our valley is his golden cup / And he the wine which overflows / to lift us with him as he goes”.

 

Recorded for GSOplay 11 November 2021

Programme


Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending


Participants


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra


Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor


Pekka Kuusisto violin


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