English Landscapes

Tonight is my night for recommendations.  If you’re looking for an engaging collection of mostly familiar English orchestral music, try English Landscapes, with the Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir Mark Elder.

It contains such favorites as Vaughan Williams’s beautiful “The Lark Ascending,” Bax’s tone poem “Tintagel,” and a couple of pieces by Frederick Delius.  Rounding things out is a short choral excerpt by Edward Elgar, “As Torrents in Summer,”  which takes the evening’s prize for lugubriousness.

This collection is great if you just want to relax at the end of the day.

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