Göteborgs Symfoniker
Available until 15 February 2023

Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

The young conductor Tarmo Peltokoski from Vaasa, Finland got the dream job as a 21-year-old when he was appointed first chief conductor of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie in Bremen earlier this year. He was recently appointed chief conductor of the Latvian National Orchestra in Riga and he has made famous appearances for, among others, our chief conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali in Paris. At the same time, he works side by side with Sakari Oramo at the Sibelius Academy. Enjoy a british classic, one of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ most played and beloved works that embeds you in soft strings.

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is based on a hymn by perhaps the foremost composer of the Tudor era, Thomas Tallis (circa 1505-1585). Ralph Vaughan Williams found Tallis’ hymn when he edited The English Hymnal in 1906. The peculiar modal characteristics of the hymn created the mixture of medieval and modern timbres that are the work’s hallmark. The piece was first performed in 1910 at the Three Choirs Festival in Gloucester Cathedral. It is scored for two string orchestras, one functioning as a distant chorus and one as a string quartet, with masterfully executed counterpoint. In 2020, Vaughan Williams’ Tallis Fantasia was in the UK’s Top Five list of the best classical pieces of all time, in a poll conducted by the Classic FM radio channel.


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Vaughan Williams Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis


Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra

Tarmo Peltokoski conductor