Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On A Theme by Thomas Tallis [DSD EP]

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Antonio Pappano

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256
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Sir Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra released an album with Vaughan Williams Symphonies 4 & 6 that garnered major critical acclaim after its release on LSO Live in April. Now, the LSO’s next Chief Conductor returns to NativeDSD with a Live Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound DSD 256 recording of the composer’s beloved ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’.

Known for its lush, expansive music for string orchestra, not only is the ‘Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis’ one of Vaughan Williams’s most cherished works, but it was also named amongst the nation’s favorite pieces in the Classic FM Hall of Fame 2021. Also known as the ‘Tallis Fantasia’, its beautiful theme originates from another English musician, the 16th-century composer Thomas Tallis.

Vaughan Williams wrote the piece during one of his most fruitful periods of composition, after being commissioned by the Gloucester Three Choirs Festival. In the end, he presented a landmark piece that his biographer James Day calls ‘unquestionably the first work by Vaughan Williams that is recognizably and unmistakably his and no one else’s’. It became the work to cement Vaughan Williams’ reputation not only at home, but across the rest of Europe.

This recording by Sir Antonio Pappano was captured on Sunday March 15, 2020, the night before the first coronavirus lockdown in the UK. During the same Barbican concert in which his celebrated account of the composer’s Sixth Symphony was also made. It joins the London Symphony’s next Chief Conductor’s critically acclaimed recordings of the Fourth and Sixth Symphonies, also available at NativeDSD.

Sir Antonio Pappano, Conductor
London Symphony Orchestra


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Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

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Mastering Engineer

Neil Hutchinson



Original Recording Format


James Mallinson

Recording Bit Rate

DSD 256 (Live)

Recording Engineer

Jonathan Stokes

Recording Location

Recorded Live in DSD 256fs on March 15, 2020 at the Barbican Hall in London

Release DateJune 10, 2021

Press reviews

The Guardian 5 out of 5

Pappano’s way with the Tallis Fantasia, grand yet immediate, resulted in a performance of great dignity. Sensuous and austere by turns, majestically played and free from the cloying nostalgia that can sometimes cling to it.

1 review for Vaughan Williams: Fantasia On A Theme by Thomas Tallis [DSD EP]

    I’m sure every NativeDSD fan has his or her “wish list” of pieces that they would like done or re-done with the very best resolution, equipment, producer, orchestra, etc. In fact, how cool would it be if Native let us vote on these. Anyways, this is one of the pieces on my wish list. I have a very good recording of Fantasia but it isn’t done with DSD 256 and it falls over just a bit at the point the full breadth of instruments kick in. This one doesn’t flinch. This recording brings out the full potential of what Fantasia can be … until cradle-to-grave DSD 512 and DSD 1024 :).

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