Beyond Time, Beyond Strife

From the ridiculous — see yesterday’s posts — to the sublime: The Lark Ascending, by Ralph Vaughan Williams.


  1. Kevin Kim says

    This was uploaded to YouTube by Richard Brittain, the guy who recently made the news for attacking a young female reader who gave his novel, The World Rose, a one-star review. Brittain drove 500 miles into Scotland, found the young woman working at a store, and smashed the back of her skull with a wine bottle.

    Was it just coincidence, Malcolm, that you found Brittain’s YouTube entry, or was this deliberate irony (i.e., we’re still in the realm of the ridiculous)?

    Posted November 11, 2015 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
  2. Malcolm says

    Good heavens, Kevin — I had no idea. I just thought it was a splendid recording of Vaughan Williams’s piece.

    I’m very sorry to hear this; besides being a horrifying story, it’s a terribly jarring note in the context of this inexpressibly beautiful music.

    Posted November 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm | Permalink
  3. Malcolm says

    I wanted to break that unsavory connection, so I’ve found another posting of the same recording (of violinist David Nolan, with the London Philharmonic), and have updated the link in the post.

    Thanks, Kevin.

    Posted November 11, 2015 at 7:46 pm | Permalink
  4. Kevin Kim says

    As Will Smith might have said, “This definitely rates about a 9.0 on my Weird-Coincidence-O-Meter.”

    Posted November 11, 2015 at 7:57 pm | Permalink
  5. As Charlie Brown might have said, “Good grief!”


    Posted November 11, 2015 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

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