“Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 1-9”
|Ralph Vaughan Williams||
Symphony No. 1 'A Sea Symphony',
Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony',
Symphony No. 3 'A Pastoral Symphony',
Symphony No. 4 in F minor,
Symphony No. 5 in D major,
Symphony No. 6 in E minor,
Symphony No. 7 'Sinfonia antartica',
Symphony No. 8 in D minor,
Symphony No. 9 in E minor.
Norma Burrowes (Soprano).
London Philharmonic Orchestra – Sir Adrian Boult.
Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) gave three symphonic premières of Vaughan Williams and recorded the symphonies twice. Here, in vintage 1960s stereo from Kingsway Hall and Abbey Road, are the finest fruits of his Indian summer in the recording studio. Composer and conductor, matched to measure, share in sound a vision of humanity and hard-won experience transcendent over half a century: from Whitman and the Sea Symphony to the last, late wintry wordless music of Scott of the Antarctic and Thomas Hardy.