Vaughan Williams and Delius Orchestral Music
The Lark Ascending is a perfect example of the English pastoral tradition at its most lyrical and romantic. Michael Bochmann as the solo violinist makes a stunning solo recording debut in this work, coupled with the Wasps Overture where Vaughan Williams is found in earthy, spirited vein. The newly established English Symphony Orchestra here consolidates its reputation in the English repertoire for which its musical director William Boughton is already renowned as an interpreter. The Florida Suite and Summer Evening are early works in which Delius writes gloriously melodic music on a richly coloured orchestral canvas.
"William Boughton imparts tremendous zest to VW's Wasps Overture, fully in keeping with its breezy nature, and he gives the big central tune its true nobility. Michael Bochmann, I note, was a pupil of the late Frederick Grinke, whose recording of The lark ascending must have introduced this ravishing piece to many readers of GRAMOPHONE, as it did to me. Bochmann plays it like his teacher, with unaffected ease and a natural appreciation of its poetry. His tone is pure and steady, even at the stratospheric height to which the lark takes him. The recording has the customary Nimbus fidelity."
Gramophone Feb. 1990