Lark Ascending (CD of the Month)


British violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen is 29 years old. And judging from her new disc, she has a fine career yet in front of her.

On this CD we hear the works for strings by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Edward Elgar. Joined with the Orchestra of the Swan under David Curtis, the center piece of the program is an excellent performance of Vaughan Williams’ ‘The Lark Ascending’.

Details are as follows:


  • Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op. 20
  • Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47

Vaughan Williams:

  • The Lark Ascending, performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin).
  • Violin Concerto in D minor ‘Concerto Accademico’, performed by Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin).

Performed with the Orchestra of the Swan, David Curtis conducting.

Gramophone Magazine wrote in January 2015: “This performance [of the Concerto] is very convincing…And there are some fine imaginative touches; I was particularly taken with Tamsin Waley-Cohen’s lovely flautando tone as the finale quietly drifts away…All in all, it’s a most attractive program, performed with real sympathy and understanding.”

Here is “The Lark Ascending” with Tamsin Waley-Cohen: