Vaughan Williams/Delius/Walton

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COMPOSERS: Vaughan Williams/Delius/Walton
LABELS: DG Galleria
WORKS: Oboe Concerto; The Lark Ascending; Fantasia on Greensleeves; Two Pieces for Small Orchestra; Two Aquarelles; Intermezzo from Fennimore and Gerda; Two Pieces from Henry V
PERFORMER: Neil Black (oboe), Pinchas Zukerman (violin); ECO/Daniel Barenboim
CATALOGUE NO: 439 529-2 ADD (1977/75)
Like the curate’s egg this issue is good in parts. The disc opens with a warmly indulgent Greensleeves and Neil Black is assured and sensitive in the melodious, pastoral Oboe Concerto. Pinchas Zukerman’s Lark floats beautifully in the sky but a rather too closely recorded supporting horn disturbs the serenity. But Barenboim’s view of Delius is rather sombre and doleful. There is little joy on hearing this cuckoo. Ian Lace