According to BBC News, Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending
recently topped a Classical FM poll of listeners as the most popular
piece of music by a British composer. The Vaughan Williams was followed
by Elgar’s Concerto for Cello in 2nd place and Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme (Enigma) in 3rd.
Isn’t that neat? I heard the piece for the first time several years
ago, performed in concert on tour by the BBC Concert Orchestra of
London, and own a recording. The beautiful little piece is absolutely
mesmerizing, and as soon as I heard it played live I wanted to hear it
Several years later, to my surprise, the PSO performs the piece for
the first time! Andres Cardenes performed the piece marvelously, with
the appropriate delicateness and motion. The Lark Ascending was the
entire reason I attended the concert. It’s a gorgeous piece, and it’s
no surprise to me that it topped Classical FM’s poll. Hopefully we’ll
get to hear it again from the PSO several years down the line!