Ralph Vaughan Williams, played by Hilary Hahn. Pure magic. Here’s The Lark Ascending (it’s in two parts):
The first time I heard this work was at a performance in Buffalo by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. I went to that concert because they were going to be playing Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, after this thing by RVW that I’d never heard before. This piece rocked my world, though. I think I held my breath for the entire work, for fear that my respiration would break the gossamer tapestry the violinist and the orchestra were creating that night….