The Lark Ascending

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

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Programme

Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending

Participants

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Santtu-Matias Rouvali conductor

Pekka Kuusisto violin