O THOU TRANSCENDENT – The Life of Ralph Vaughan Williams
Tony Palmer Films DVD NTSC TPDVD106 @ £16*
“Quite simply superb. The image of Ralph Vaughan Williams (RVW) fixed in living memory is the ancient, genial, tweedy buffer of the 1950s, characterised by Harrison Birtwistle as ‘Mr Badger’… The real man, a literal colossus, courageous, passionate and fiercely original, is obscured in Edwardian mists; but Tony Palmer brings us face to face with him and his genuine stature more dramatically, for all their virtues, than most biographies.” BBC Music Magazine
2008 marked the 50th anniversary of Vaughan Williams’ death and this timely DVD is the first ever full-length film biography of the great man, produced by the multi-award winning director, TONY PALMER, as featured in Classic FM magazine, December 2007.
Specially recorded extracts from all The Symphonies, Job, The Lark Ascending, and of course The Tallis Fantasia
Archive performances by Sir ADRIAN BOULT, newly discovered interviews with VAUGHAN WILLIAMS.
The last ever interview with URSULA VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, and with unexpected contributions from HARRISON BIRTWISTLE, JOHN ADAMS, Mark Anthony Turnage, Tony Benn, Jordi Savall, Andre Prévin, Sir Michael Tippett & Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys
Picture Format: 16:9, 1 DVD
Sound Format: Digital Stereo
Running Time: 148 mins
Region Code: NTSC 0
Tony Palmer Films DVD NTSC TPDVD106