Ralph Vaughan Williams

Fantasia on Greensleeves, for harp, flute & strings (arranged by R. Greaves; from the opera "Sir John in Love")

    Description by Mark Satola

    This well-known concert hall arrangement of Fantasia on Greensleeves appeared five years after the premiere of Vaughan Williams' Shakespearean opera Sir John in Love, wherein the short piece served as an entr'acte. Greaves' arrangement for strings, harp and two flutes expanded the intermezzo by adding a middle section based on the Norfolk folk song "Lovely Joan," which Vaughan Williams had collected in 1908 and which he used elsewhere in the 1929 opera. A wistful descending cadence from solo flute with harp arpeggio introduces the well-known melody, with strummed chords from the harp, suggesting a lute accompaniment, and high strings tremolando above the tune. In the middle section, the two flutes play an intertwining duet on "Lovely Joan" before the return of Greensleeves. A shimmering cadence from the strings and harp brings the work to a glowing conclusion.

    Appears On

    Year Title / Performer Label / Catalog # AllMusic Rating
    2019
    Naxos
    8574035
    2019
    Albion
    ALBCD 036
    2019
    Onyx
    ONYX 4212
    2018
    ABC Classics
    2018
    Various Artists
    Warner Classics
    573601
    2018
    Divine Art
    DDA 25179
    2018
    Brilliant Classics
    BRI 95655
    2018
    Naxos
    8573947
    2017
    ABC Classics
    2017
    ABC Classics
    2017
    Somm
    SOMMCD 0164
    2017
    Classic FM / Decca
    CFMD 54
    2016
    Warner Classics
    556480
    2016
    ABC Classics
    4812458
    2016
    ABC Classics
    ABC 4812522
    2016
    ABC Classics
    4812456
    2016
    ABC Classics
    2016
    ABC Classics
    4812424
    2016
    ABC Classics
    2016
    Classic FM / Decca
    CFMD 47
    2016
    Naxos
    8509003
    2016
    Royal Philharmonic Orchestra / RPO
    RPOSP 009
    2016
    Silva Classics
    SILKD 6052
    2016
    Sony Classical
    88985357942
    2016
    Urania / Urania Records
    WS 121160
    2015
    Various Artists
    ABC Classics
    4811143
    2015
    Lasting Impression Music / Lim
    76
    2014
    Various Artists
    100 Hits
    DMG100 130
    2014
    ABC Classics
    ABC 4811223
    2014
    SLG Records
    2014
    Decca
    2014
    Decca
    2014
    Cube Squared Records
    C2R 606
    2014
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2013
    EMI / EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099943330
    2013
    Decca
    2013
    Decca
    2013
    Reference Recordings
    RR 129SACD
    2013
    Reference Recordings
    RR 129
    2013
    Various Artists
    The Gift of Music
    CCLCDG 1271
    2013
    Various Artists
    Naxos
    8578253
    2013
    Decca
    CDNNNOW 9
    2013
    Decca
    2013
    Decca
    2013
    Decca
    2013
    Decca
    2013
    Decca
    2013
    Berlin Classics
    0300426BC
    2013
    Divine Art
    DDA 21222
    2013
    Decca
    2013
    Decca
    4785692
    2012
    Classic FM
    2012
    Warner Classics
    667007
    2012
    Warner Classics
    667006
    2012
    Warner Classics
    665475
    2012
    Warner Classics
    667000
    2012
    Warner Classics
    673150
    2012
    Dynamic
    3580
    2012
    Various Artists
    K-Tel
    57068
    2012
    Sony Classical
    88765412002
    2012
    Spectrum Music
    SPEC 2104
    2012
    EMI Classics
    2012
    Various Artists
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099944030
    2012
    Raven
    OAR 936
    2012
    London Philharmonic Orchestra / LPO
    LPO 0063
    2012
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    PRDVD 7-N
    2012
    Various Artists
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099968052621
    2012
    Various Artists
    Denon Classics
    UMI_00795041791
    2012
    Various Artists
    Denon Classics
    2012
    Various Artists
    Denon Classics
    UMI_00795041791
    2012
    Various Artists
    Topaz Records
    2012
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    2012
    Various Artists
    Warner Classics
    2011
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    5099991762
    2011
    Various Artists
    Denon Records
    2011
    Various Artists
    Decca
    4782991
    2011
    Decca
    2011
    Royal Philharmonic Masterworks
    RPM 28740
    2011
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    5099908518
    2011
    Various Artists
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099909491922
    2011
    NorthQuest
    48029
    2011
    Decca
    2011
    Various Artists
    Sony Music
    88697915022
    2011
    Collins Classics
    RET0008
    2010
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    5099964850
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099963160
    2010
    Various Artists
    Spectrum Music
    SPEC 2046
    2010
    Metro Tins
    METRTN 023
    2010
    Decca
    2010
    Various Artists
    Denon Records
    2010
    EMI / EMI Classics
    VTDCDX 1004
    2010
    Sony Classical
    88697707282
    2010
    Deutsche Grammophon
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    ABC Classics
    4764061
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    Decca
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    Denon Records
    2010
    Centaur Records
    3107
    2010
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    2010
    EMI Classics
    2010
    EMI Classics
    5099962791
    2010
    Warner Classics
    2009
    Various Artists
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    2642292
    2009
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099926796
    2009
    Various Artists
    EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics
    5099996426
    2009
    Various Artists
    Decca
    2009
    Various Artists
    Decca
    478 145-0
    2009
    Onyx
    ONYX 4038
    2009
    Denon Records
    2009
    Sheridan Square Records
    28360
    2008
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    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    5099921522
    2008
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    5099951560
    2008
    Various Artists
    EMI Classics
    500258
    2008
    Warner Classics & Jazz
    2564696677
    2008
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    80716
    2008
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    5099951549
    2008
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    4766496
    2008
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    88697328932
    2008
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    8572080
    2008
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    80738
    2008
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    459203
    2008
    Gega
    248
    2008
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    4777525
    2008
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    729037
    2008
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    12025
    2008
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    2008
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    8556835
    2008
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    5099920799
    2008
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    727987
    2008
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    2008
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    5099921615
    2008
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    5099920663
    2008
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    5099923486
    2007
    Warner Music
    2564 69893-1
    2007
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    CD80687
    2007
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    2007
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    23326
    2007
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    METRDCD533
    2007
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    5126312
    2007
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    2007
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    2007
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    3948802
    2007
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    6706
    2007
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4777018
    2007
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    2007
    London/Decca / Decca
    4758079
    2007
    RPO
    204431-201
    2007
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    2006
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    CHAN2028
    2006
    Rhino
    77617
    2006
    Various Artists
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    708532B
    2006
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    EMI Classics
    44015
    2006
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    Denon Records
    17609
    2006
    The Gift of Music
    CDG1152
    2006
    Pulse
    648
    2006
    Chandos
    24135
    2006
    Various Artists
    Decca
    2006
    Various Artists
    Decca
    475 7495DX2
    2006
    Retro Records
    4215
    2006
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    4696593
    2006
    Retro Records
    40109
    2006
    London/Decca / Decca
    475085
    2006
    Universal Distribution
    475 8085DB5
    2005
    The Gift of Music
    CDG 1129
    2005
    Telarc
    CD 80635
    2005
    Union Square Music
    803
    2005
    EMI Classics
    2005
    EMI Classics
    2005
    Various Artists
    Radiance Records
    17558
    2005
    Chandos
    CHAN241-28
    2005
    Radiance Records
    17463
    2005
    Radiance Records
    17482
    2005
    EMI Classics
    2005
    Denon Records
    17439
    2005
    Various Artists
    Disky Communications
    MP 903523
    2005
    EMI Music Distribution
    66650
    2005
    EMI Music Distribution
    VTDCD724
    2005
    Decca
    000491802
    2005
    Naxos
    6110053
    2005
    Naxos
    5110053
    2005
    EMI Music Distribution
    66543
    2005
    EMI Music Distribution
    575312
    2005
    Various Artists
    Deutsche Grammophon
    477 5463
    2004
    EMI Music Distribution
    85746
    2004
    Sony Classical
    92726
    2004
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    60641
    2004
    Various Artists
    EMI Classics / Warner Classics
    7243585842
    2004
    Dmg Tv
    DMGTV 007
    2004
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    Beechwood Music / Buddha Lounge
    18
    2004
    Telarc Distribution
    CD-80595
    2004
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    SA-60595
    2004
    White Line
    501
    2004
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4775010
    2004
    ABC Classics
    4761138
    2004
    Virgin Classics
    61825
    2004
    Various Artists
    Radiance 2 / SLG Records
    17417
    2004
    Netmark
    NEMACD 200
    2004
    Denon Records
    17430
    2004
    Various Artists
    Pure/Beechwood Records / Beechwood Music
    1
    2004
    Vanguard Classics
    1507
    2004
    Various Artists
    Chandos
    CHAN241-14
    2004
    Virgin
    VTDCD 642
    2004
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    17345
    2004
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    010
    2003
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    Naxos
    8556783
    2003
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    Decca
    0000886
    2003
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    Delta Distribution
    40037
    2003
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    2760
    2003
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    2003
    Various Artists
    BMG
    8287651015
    2003
    Various Artists
    Intersound
    150
    2003
    Castle Pulse / Pulse
    586
    2003
    Somerset Entertainment
    28814
    2003
    Universal Distribution
    0690452
    2003
    Deca Dance (UK)
    13
    2003
    London/Decca / Decca
    000131102
    2003
    Naxos
    8555867
    2003
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    575760
    2002
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    75790
    2002
    RCA
    63946
    2002
    Centaur Records
    2570
    2002
    Various Artists
    EMI
    5751942
    2002
    BMG / RCA
    63972
    2002
    Oakwood Chamber Players
    2002
    Metronome
    2022
    2002
    Vanguard
    505
    2002
    Cala Records
    533
    2002
    Various Artists
    Decca
    470933
    2002
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    2002
    London/Decca / Decca
    472243
    2001
    Various Artists
    Classic FM
    CFMCD34
    2001
    Various Artists
    Decca / Universal Distribution
    470237
    2001
    Various Artists
    Decca
    2001
    St. Clair
    7376
    2001
    RCA
    68018
    2001
    St. Clair
    7370
    2001
    Telarc Distribution
    80562
    2001
    Bandleader / Emblem
    CHM 8001
    2001
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4395292
    2000
    Pulse / Castle Pulse
    556
    2000
    Polygram
    463240
    2000
    Various Artists
    Platinum Disc / Platinum Entertainment
    10382
    2000
    Platinum Disc
    1257
    2000
    Various Artists
    Platinum Disc
    1132
    2000
    Philips
    468168
    2000
    Deutsche Grammophon
    469670
    2000
    EMI Classics
    5672402
    2000
    Angel Records
    67264
    2000
    Various Artists
    Virgin
    48634
    2000
    EMI Music Distribution / Warner Classics
    7243573986
    2000
    BMG
    6509
    2000
    Telarc / Telarc Distribution
    80558
    2000
    Vanguard
    142
    2000
    Angel Records
    61763
    2000
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4634852
    2000
    Deutsche Grammophon
    4696922
    2000
    Fine Classics
    4412
    2000
    Laserlight
    40013
    2000
    BBC Legends
    51
    2000
    EMI Classics / EMI Music Distribution
    73924
    1999
    Nimbus
    NI1754
    1999
    Various Artists
    Platinum Disc
    1122
    1999
    Decca
    460637
    1999
    Naxos
    554714
    1999
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    Angel Records
    66227
    1999
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    1999
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    442406
    1999
    Various Artists
    Lifestyles
    1759
    1999
    Chandos
    9775
    1999
    Disky
    705962
    1999
    EMI Music Distribution
    573 538-2
    1999
    Intersound
    2874
    1999
    EMI Music Distribution
    73420
    1999
    EMI Music Distribution
    573 542-2
    1999
    Various Artists
    Chandos
    2409
    1999
    Argo
    440116
    1999
    Decca
    460 357-2DF2
    1998
    Pulse / Castle Pulse
    PBXCD 556
    1998
    Various Artists
    Intersound
    1739
    1998
    Fleur de Son
    57936
    1998
    Nimbus
    7007
    1998
    Cala Records
    102
    1998
    Various Artists
    Telarc Distribution
    CD 80490
    1998
    EMI Music Distribution
    573 105-2
    1998
    EMI Music Distribution
    573 109-2
    1998
    University of North Texas College / UNT College of Music
    1997
    1998
    Intersound
    2836
    1997
    Intersound
    1653
    1997
    Sony Music Distribution
    28420
    1997
    BMG
    68793
    1997
    Angel Records / EMI Music Distribution
    66343
    1997
    Intersound
    1730
    1997
    Dutton Laboratories
    8004
    1997
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    452 707-2DF2
    1997
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    455612
    1997
    Vanguard
    54
    1996
    Pickwick
    11006
    1996
    RCA
    68236
    1996
    BMG
    68650
    1996
    BMG
    68584
    1996
    BMG
    68582
    1996
    RCA Victor
    68588
    1996
    Various Artists
    Nimbus
    NI 7712
    1996
    Direct-To-Tape / DTR/Direct-To-Tape
    9504
    1996
    Sony Music Distribution
    4839952
    1996
    EMI Angel / EMI Music Distribution
    CDZ-69233
    1996
    Vanguard
    43
    1996
    Philips
    4541722
    1996
    Various Artists
    Decca
    4561952
    1996
    Nimbus
    7034
    1996
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    62645
    1996
    Collins Records
    11402
    1996
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    6600132
    1995
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    2800
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    68121
    1995
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    2042
    1995
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    68457
    1995
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    68459
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    60711
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    CD-CFP4665
    1995
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    GMCD7107
    1995
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    GEMMCDS9149
    1995
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    179
    1994
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    62664
    1994
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    80100
    1994
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    7243561126
    1994
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    67593
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    768
    1994
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    68202
    1994
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    1207
    1994
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    1994
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    568130-2
    1994
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    47638
    1993
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    80341
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    930
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    61724
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    439 152-2GMA
    1993
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    5093/5095
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    12
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    13
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    4338702
    1993
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    779
    1993
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    6568
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    48260
    1992
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    80330
    1992
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    1032
    1992
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    60932
    1992
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    2RG-60711
    1992
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    CDM-64613
    1992
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    5210/13
    1992
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    433085
    1992
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    8828
    1991
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    SFK-46715
    1991
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    Laserlight
    35895
    1991
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    45737
    1991
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    430411
    1991
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    0777764022
    1991
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    430 093-2DWO
    1991
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    64114
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    44724
    1990
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    869
    1990
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    80080
    1990
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    416361
    1990
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    38919
    1990
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    421392
    1990
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    414595
    1988
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    081
    1987
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    38484
    1987
    Philips
    1986
    EMI Music Distribution
    747537
    Deutsche Grammophon
    442877
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    068
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    6428
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    7931
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    4766955
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    4766813
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    4002
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    47280
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    62502
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    69572
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    703162
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    567734-2
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    15895
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    15668
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    5010
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    9001
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    5210
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    137-C
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    1090
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    574880
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    935
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    65930
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    14723
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    62527
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    47074
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    3
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    471240
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    12010
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    660602
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    170
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    30062
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    1050
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    00172
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    6601052
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    6007
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    101
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    435560
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    4053
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    5183662
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    5010
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    73534
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    2
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    790353
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    460250
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    568484
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    694539
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    28815
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    5019
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    61194
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    61460
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    65203
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    9707
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