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Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony; Symphony No. 8 / Royal Liverpool PO, Andrew Manze

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 version)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 8 in D minor
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 2012, conductor Andrew Manze's BBC Proms performances of several of Vaughan Williams's symphonies were a highlight of the season, drawing strong critical acclaim. On this new disc, he leads the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in the first release in a complete symphony cycle for Onyx Classics. Included here are A London Symphony and the Symphony No.8. A London Symphony was first performed in 1914. The original score for the work was lost during the first world war, but was reconstructed and modified by the composer. The Symphony No.8 of 1955 is a tightly written, brilliant and innovative work that shows the composer's creativity at full stretch.

The Guardian, 24th April 2016
Manze keeps a tight rein but lets the music blossom. The RLPO and its excellent soloists make a warm, lustrous sound.

Yorkshire Evening Post, 29th April 2016
Remove the encrusted nostalgia for yesteryear that we normally hear in today's performances and you have Andrew Manze's virile and colourful account of the Second Symphony, London here bustling with colourful vitality.Tempos are unusually brisk in the outer movements, his wide dynamic range magically capturing the pianissimo passages elsewhere.

Gramophone Magazine, June 2016
Manze's agreeably vigilant reading of A London Symphony brings much to admire in its clean-cut, unexaggerated demeanour... and the spruce performance of the Eighth likewise reveals Manze as a stylish and committed interpreter. In the ravishing Cavatina for strings alone... [offers] heartwarming lyricism.

Classical Ear, 19th May 2016
If you don't know RVW's A London Symphony and Eighth Symphony, these performances - by turns passionate, dramatic and clear-sighted - would make an ideal introduction. The characteristics of both works are formidably presented, and Manze's unfussy and strong direction is just what is needed.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2016
This is expressive and atmospheric playing, rarely heard since Boult.

The Arts Desk, 28th May 2016
Manze might be best known as a Baroque specialist, but his Vaughan Williams is as charismatic and affectionate as any on disc...Exquisite played by the RLPO strings too. Manze never puts a foot wrong ... Tremendous music and a really recommendable, enjoyable disc.

MusicWeb International, June 2016
All in all these are terrific performances and convincing interpretations ... I can't wait for the next instalment.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (03/29/2015-03/30/2015); Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (10/2015).



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Works Details

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : A London Symphony (Symphony no 2) (Original 1913 version)
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, England (03/29/2015-03/30/2015)
  • Running Time: 46 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1911-1913

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 8 in D minor
  • Conductor: Andrew Manze
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 28 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1953-1956