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adequate but disappointing from Marriner
on July 16, 1999
This CD was a disappointment for me in that Marriner's conducting of these Vaughan Williams works falls somewhat short of his interpretations of other composers on other recordings. Tempos tend to be awkward and with the Tallis fantasia, rushed. Poor choice of tempo muddles Vaughan Williams' lyrical and lush, yet unconventional melodic sense, which is actually the work of genuis. Yet this recording too frequently makes that genius sound arbitrary and a bit incoherent. Marriner could have done better, especially with an English composer. The orchestra performance is the quality that one expects of Saint Martin of the Fields. It is between their performance and the genius of Vaughan Williams that earn this CD any noteworthy remarks in my opinion.