I fell in love again with this symphony. It's not like me. So I had to write.
Ralph Vaughan Williams' Tallis Fantasia surrounds the soul. The chord changes melt you like butter on toast. And just when you've latched on to a moment of fullness -- started to settle in -- the depth of strings dissolves into a single thread. Almost silence.
It's a feast, presented, served - then coaxed away. Offered again carefully to be tasted delicately, and finally craved "...as if increase of appetite had grown with what if fed on." The best is last: the peace is as precious as the harmony.
I'm not a musical person. I don't own an mp3. My radio pre-sets are on talk stations. But I love this symphony. It is dark days and quiet snowfalls, with bright gatherings and rich feasts.
This is a two-part version of the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis recorded in Gloucester Cathedral. Turn it up loud.
Here is an 18 minute version with Christiaan Crans and the Iu Ad Hoc Orchestra.