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Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958): Symphonies Nos. 1-9; Violin Concerto; Tuba Concerto; 3 Portraits / London SO, André Previn

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony"
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 version)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Concerto for Violin in D minor ("Concerto Accademico")
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Wasps
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 3 for soprano or tenor & orchestra ("Pastoral")
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 4 in F minor
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 5 in D major
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Portraits (3) from The England of Elizabeth, suite for orchestra (arranged by Mathieson)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Concerto for Tuba in F minor
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 6 in E minor
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 9 in E minor
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 7 for soprano, small female chorus & orchestra with narrator ad lib ("Sinfonia Antarti
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 8 in D minor
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Notes & Reviews:

One of the most acclaimed cycles of the Vaughan Williams symphonies, among the 20th century's greatest, was set down by André Previn and the London Symphony Orchestra in the 1960s. On its previous reissue, ClassicsToday.com ranked it "arguably the best such offering on the market today". Penguin Guide called No. 3 "an outstandingly beautiful and refined performance". In praising No. 5, MusicWeb International exclaimed: "The great inner strength and glories of this music are revealed here by fabulously eloquent playing." Reviewing No. 7, the "Sinfonia Antarctica", Gramophone wrote that Previn "demonstrated that this is an intense, even a tough, work ... For once the sequential first movement, very slow and concentrated, seems an aptly monumental opening with playing from the LSO of superb quality." The magazine also declared its preference for Previn's "thoughtful, sensitive and rounded performance" of the Eighth. This is an indispensable set.



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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony"
  • Performers: Heather Harper (Soprano); John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 65 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1903-1909

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 version)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 46 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1913

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Concerto for Violin in D minor ("Concerto Accademico")
  • Performer: James Buswell (Violin)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 15 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1924-1925

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Wasps :: I. Overture
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 8 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 3 for soprano or tenor & orchestra ("Pastoral")
  • Performer: Heather Harper (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 38 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1921

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 4 in F minor
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 33 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1931-1934

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 5 in D major
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 41 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1938-1943

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Portraits (3) from The England of Elizabeth, suite for orchestra (arranged by Mathieson)
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1955

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Concerto for Tuba in F minor
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 12 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1954

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 6 in E minor
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 34 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1944-1947

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 9 in E minor
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 37 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1956-1958

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 7 for soprano, small female chorus & orchestra with narrator ad lib ("Sinfonia Antarti
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Composition written: 1949-52.
  • Running Time: 42 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1949-1952

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 8 in D minor
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1953-1956