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7 May 2015, 11:06 | Updated: 20 January 2020, 14:59
Vaughan Williams’s masterpiece has topped our annual Classic FM Hall of Fame six times in total – so it’s clearly a favourite of yours. But it’s also much-cherished by today’s greatest violinists, and we’ve asked one of them to tell us why.
Tasmin Little has been performing Ralph Vaughan Williams's great pastoral work throughout her career.
“It's unlike playing the opening of any other piece,” says Tasmin, “in The Lark Ascending you feel like you're floating above a cushion of sound.”
“ It was in Salisbury Cathedral in a candlelit concert – can you imagine anything more beautiful?” No, no we can't Tasmin. Excuse us while we daydream…
“One of the most beautiful bits of writing that Vaughan Williams gives the violin is what I called ‘the swooping theme, ’” says Tasmin – and it goes like this:
Posted by Kyle Macdonald on Wednesday, 6 May 2015
We asked Tasmin to try and put it into words for us…
Posted by Kyle Macdonald on Thursday, 7 May 2015