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Ralph Vaughan Williams ( ( listen); 12 October 1872 – 26 August 1958) was an English composer. His works include operas, ballets, chamber music, secular and religious vocal pieces and orchestral compositions including nine symphonies, written over sixty years. Strongly influenced by Tudor music and English folk-song, his output marked a decisive break in British music from its German-dominated style of the 19th century.

Vaughan Williams was born to a well-to-do family with strong moral views and a progressive social outlook. Throughout his life he sought to be of service to his fellow citizens, and believed in making music as available as possible to everybody. He wrote many works for amateur and student performance. He was musically a late developer, not finding his true voice until his late thirties; his studies in 1907–08 with the French composer Maurice Ravel helped him clarify the textures of his music and free it from Teutonic influences.

Vaughan Williams is among the best-known British symphonists, noted for his very wide range of moods, from stormy and impassioned to tranquil, from mysterious to exuberant. Among the most familiar of his other concert works are Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis (1910) and The Lark Ascending (1914). His vocal works include hymns, folk-song arrangements and large-scale choral pieces. He wrote eight works for stage performance between 1919 and 1951. Although none of his operas became popular repertoire pieces, his ballet Job: A Masque for Dancing (1930) was successful and has been frequently staged.

Two episodes made notably deep impressions in Vaughan Williams's personal life. The First World War, in which he served in the army, had a lasting emotional effect. Twenty years later, though in his sixties and devotedly married, he was reinvigorated by a love affair with a much younger woman, who later became his second wife. He went on composing through his seventies and eighties, producing his last symphony months before his death at the age of eighty-five. His works have continued to be a staple of the British concert repertoire, and all his major compositions and many of the minor ones have been recorded.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Relax More Various Artists 1
2000 The Classical Album Various Artists 1
2000 The Last Night of the Proms Sir Andrew Davis, Sir Adrian Boult 1
2000 The Most Peaceful Classical Album in the World... Ever! Various Artists 1
2000 The Very Best of Classical Music London Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra 1
2000 Tower Records Classical Music Sampler Various Artists 1
2000 Vikram Seth: An Equal Music Various Artists 1
2001 Gramophone Editor's Choice: May 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Editor's Choice: July 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Classical Chillout Various Artists 5
2001 The World of English Cathedrals Various Artists 1
2001 The National Trust Music Collection Various Artists 1
2001 Classical Dreams: Music to Inspire Various Artists 1
2001 Classical Chilling Various Artists 1
2001 20 Classic Christmas Carols Various Artists 2
2001 A Classical Bouquet Various Artists 1
2001 BBC Music: The Top New CDs Autumn 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 Carol Symphony Hely-Hutchinson; Barry Rose, Sir David Willcocks 1
2001 Christmas Adagios Various Artists 2
2001 Classic FM: Time to Relax Various Artists 1
2001 Dirt Music: Music for a Novel Various Artists 1
2001 For a Rainy Day Various Artists 1
2001 Hall of Fame: Discoveries Various Artists 1
2001 Relaxing Classics Various Artists 1
2001 The Classical Chillout Album Various Artists 1
2001 The Gramophone Awards 2001 Various Artists 1
2001 The Very Best of Desert Island Discs Various Artists 1
2001 Vuosituhannen Musiikkiaarteet Grieg, Dvořák, Sibelius 1
2002 Here Come The Classics Volume 2 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2002 The Very Best of Janet Baker Dame Janet Baker 1
2002 Best of Classical Chillout Various Artists 1
2002 England Anthems 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Euphoric Classics Various Artists 1
2002 Nigel Kennedy's Greatest Hits Nigel Kennedy 3
2002 39 Plus Grand Titres du Classique Various Artists 1
2002 Classic Christmas Various Artists 1
2002 Classical Chill Various Artists 1
2002 Editor's Choice: The Top Ten Discs of July 2002 Various Artists 1
2002 Naxos: The First Fifteen Years Various Artists 1
2002 Richard Hickox CBE - A Celebration Richard Hickox 1
2002 Smart Symphonies Various Artists 2
2002 The Classic 100, Volume I Various Artists 1
2002 Trésors classiques, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2003 The Most Relaxing Classical Album in the World… Ever! II Various Artists 3
2003 Classical Gold Various Artists 1
2003 The Very Best of Chilled Classics* Various Artists 2
2003 Classical Chillout Various Artists 1
2003 Chill: Classical Various Artists 1
2003 The Classical Chillout Box Various Artists 2
2003 Adagio Chillout Various Artists 1
2003 Classic FM: Smooth Classics - Do Not Disturb Various Artists 1
2003 Janine Jansen Janine Jansen 2
2003 The Very Best of Classical Chillout Gold Various Artists 1
2003 Your Hundred Best Tunes: The Nation’s Favourite Classical Music Various Artists 1
2003 Great Choral Classics Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2003 In the Garden: Soothing Music For Relaxation Various Artists 1
2003 Romantic Adagios II Various Artists 1
2003 Simply the Best Classical Passion: Music for Classic Lovers Various Artists 2
2003 The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe Various Artists 2
2004 Relaxing Classics: The Most Inspiring Classical Music of All Time Various Artists 1
2004 Classics at the Pops Erich Kunzel, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra 1
2004 The Most Soothing Lullabies in the Universe Various Artists 1
2004 Spectacular Classics Various Artists 1
2004 The Best Carols in the World... Ever Various Artists 2
2004 Best Classics 100 Various Artists 4 4
2004 The Best Classical Album in the World ...Ever! Various Artists 1
2004 Classic FM: Music for Babies Various Artists 1
2004 Classical Chillout Lounge Various Artists 1
2004 Felix and Me: Musical Highlights From ABC Classic FM Breakfast Various Artists 1
2004 Klassik Radio: New Classics Various Artists 1
2004 Margaret Throsby: The 10th Anniversary Collection Various Artists 1
2004 The Number One Classical Album 2004 Various Artists 1
2004 Verrassings-cd 2004 Various Artists 1
2005 Peace: Pure Classical Calm Various Artists 2
2005 100 Popular Classics: Best Loved Works of the Great Composers Various Artists 1
2005 The Most Relaxing Classical Music in the World ...Ever! Various Artists 1
2005 The Best Cinema Classics... Ever! Various Artists 1
2005 100 Popular Classics, Volume Two Various Artists 1
2005 The Best Ever Music for Relaxation Collection Various Artists 1
2005 Classic FM: Relaxing Various Artists 1
2005 Funeral Music Various Artists 1
2005 Classics at the Movies II: Classical Music From the World of Cinema Various Artists 1
2005 Requiem: The World's Most Moving Music Various Artists 1
2005 Zeit zum Entspannen: Klassik zum Wohlfühlen von Sandra Voss Various Artists 1
2006 Every Classical Tune You'll Ever Want Various Artists 2
2006 Complete Kids Various Artists 1
2006 Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
2006 Bedtime Beats: The Secret to Sleep Various Artists 2
2006 Ultimate Classical Chill Out Various Artists 1
2006 Ultimate Classics: Essential Masterpieces Various Artists 2
2006 The Classic FM Most Wanted Various Artists 1
2006 Choral Spectacular: The World's Greatest Choral Music Various Artists 1
2006 Jahrhundert Geiger: 16 Violin-Virtuosen Various Artists 16
2006 Meisterwerke der Klassik Various Artists 1
2006 Rule, Britannia! Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Charles Groves 1
2006 The Story of British Classical Music Various Artists 1
2006 Zeit zum Entspannen II: Klassik zum Wohlfühlen von Holger Wemhoff Various Artists 1
2007 100 Best Sacred Works Various Artists 1
2007 100 Best Relaxing Classics Various Artists 2
2007 40 Most Beautiful Classical Anthems Various Artists 1

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