Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, Ralph Vaughan Williams!

Today was Ralph Vaughan Williams' birthday (born October 12, 1872), and to acknowledge this, another "reissue" of uploads that I originally made in 2008, which was a Vaughan Williams anniversary year (he died 50 years prior).  This features Sir Malcolm Sargent conducting two works, the Overture to his incidental music for Aristophanes' "The Wasps," and "The Lark Ascending":

Vaughan Williams: The Wasps - Overture
Hallé Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Sargent
Recorded July 3, 1942
Columbia Masterworks 71605-D, one 78-rpm record


Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending - Romance for Violin and Orchestra
David Wise with the Liverpool Philharmonic conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent
Recorded April 18, 1947
English Columbia DX 1386-87, two 78-rpm records

Link (FLAC files, 56.49 MB)
Link (MP3 files, 24.98 MB)

Sir Malcolm was knighted in the year that the second of these two Vaughan Williams recordings was made; before that, he was billed on labels as "Dr. Malcolm Sargent," as he is in this recording of a Schubert Overture (which is not a reissue but a new upload):

Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style, in C Major, D. 597
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Malcolm Sargent
Recorded March 21, 1944
English Columbia DX 1157, one 78-rpm record
Link (FLAC file, 18.74 MB)
Link (MP3 file, 7.82 MB)


  1. "The lark ascending" is one of my favorite compositions! I love the version with Isolde Menges, and I'm very curious to hear this one. Thanks again!

  2. Thanks, Bryan - also for the Martinu and Berkeley! Great to have you back.

  3. beautiful!!

    thank you


  4. Hi Bryan, came late to this blog. Any chance you can bring the FLAC link back to life for "Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending - Romance for Violin and Orchestra". Much appreciated.

    1. New links just up. Mediafire shut down my account last week and I'm working as fast as I can to get everything back up and running.

  5. thanks, Bryan, looking forward to listening to this one.