O Thou Transcendent: The Life of Ralph Vaughan Williams

O Thou Transcendent: The Life of Ralph Vaughan Williams


A profile of the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, featuring specially recorded extracts from his symphonies Job, The Tallis Fantasia, The Lark Ascending, The Pilgrim's Progress and Greensleeves, with commentary by Nicola Benedetti, Simon Keenlyside, Joan Rodgers, Sian Edwards, Jordi Savall, Imogen Holst, Adrian Boult, Barbara Dickson, Andre Previn and Tamas Vasary. The programme also includes the last interview with the composer's widow Ursula Vaughan Williams, filmed six weeks before her death in October 2007, as well as contributions from such diverse admirers as John Adams and Richard Thompson of Fairport Convention, Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys, Tony Benn, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Michael Tippett, Martin and Eliza Carthy, Mark Anthony Turnage and Harrison Birtwistle. The music is performed by the National Radio Orchestra of Hungary, the London Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, the National Youth Orchestra and Gloucester Cathedral Choir.
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