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A vision of aeroplanes
The critical school which claims that Vaughan Williams wrote solely in a comfortable pastoral style needs to check its facts, especially in the face of the extraordinary setting of words from the prophet Ezekiel. A vision of aeroplanes was written for Harold Darke (who had conducted the first performances of the Te Deum in G and Valiant-for-Truth) and was first performed under his direction on 4 June 1956. With its cataclysmic organ writing and whirling voice-parts it is a highly imaginative setting without a trace of pastoralism. Epic in style and proportion, the ‘vision’ has more than a hint of the film scores which had preoccupied Vaughan Williams for the previous ten years.

from notes by Andrew Carwood © 2005

Track-specific metadata
Details for CDA67503 track 10
Recording date
8 July 2005
Recording venue
Westminster Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Mark Brown
Recording engineer
Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Vaughan Williams & Bingham: Mass (CDA67503)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: May 2005
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