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Vaughan Williams: Symphony no 5, etc / Hickox, London SO

> Valiant for Truth - Valiant for Truth
> Symphony No. 5 in D major - I. Preludio: Moderato
> Symphony No. 5 in D major - II. Scherzo: Presto misterioso
> Symphony No. 5 in D major - III. Romanza: Lento
> Symphony No. 5 in D major - IV. Passacaglia: Moderato
> The Pilgrim Pavement - The Pilgrim Pavement
> Hymn Tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons (arr. H. Glatz) - Hymn Tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons (arr. for string orchestra)
> The Pilgrim's Progress (arr. J. Churchill) - The Pilgrim's Progress: The Twenty-third Psalm (arr. for soprano and chorus)
> Prelude and Fugue in C minor (version for orchestra) - Prelude
> Prelude and Fugue in C minor (version for orchestra) - Fugue

Album Summary

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Valiant for Truth, motet for chorus (with piano or organ ad lib)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 5 in D major
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Pilgrim Pavement, hymn for soprano, chorus & organ (or orchestra)
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Hymn tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons, for piano in G major
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Pilgrim's Progress
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Prelude & Fugue for organ in C minor
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Fifth Symphony was first produced at a Promenade concert on June 24, 1943, with the composer conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Following the calculated violence of the Fourth Symphony, this readiant music appeared to many commentators at the time as presaging an end to war, or, to others, as a serene benediction from a composer who was then turned seventy. Neither view was accurate and Vaughan Williams was to write a further four symphonies.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This is an exceptionally powerful yet deeply moving account of the Fifth. Aided by glowing, wide-ranging engineering, Hickox's is an urgently communicative reading. The first and third movements in particular emerge with an effortless architectural splendour and rapt authority, the climaxes built and resolved with mastery.

The Scherzo is as good a place as any to sample the lustrous refinement of the LSO's response. Hickox ensures that the symphony's concluding bars positively glow with gentle ecstasy: here's a Fifth that can surely hold its own in the most exalted company.

Material from The Pilgrim's Progress made its way into the Fifth Symphony and two of the five enterprising couplings here provide further links with John Bunyan's timeless allegory: the 1940 motet for mixed voices with organ, Valiant-for-truth and John Churchill's 1953 arrangement for soprano and mixed chorus of Psalm 23 (originally sung by The Voice of a Bird in Act 4 of The Pilgrim's Progress). The latter receives its finely prepared recorded début on this occasion, as do both The Pilgrim Pavement (a 1934 processional for soprano, chorus and organ) and Helen Glatz's string-orchestra arrangement of the solo-piano Hymn-tune Prelude on 'Song 13' by Gibbons. Which just leaves the Prelude and Fugue, originally written for organ in 1921, but heard here in a sumptuous orchestration.



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>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Valiant for Truth, motet for chorus (with piano or organ ad lib)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Richard Hickox Singers
  • Running Time: 6 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1940

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Symphony no 5 in D major
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Richard Hickox Singers
  • Running Time: 39 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1938-1943

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Pilgrim Pavement, hymn for soprano, chorus & organ (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano); Ian Watson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Richard Hickox Singers
  • Running Time: 8 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1934

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Hymn tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons, for piano in G major
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1928

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : The Pilgrim's Progress :: Twenty-third Psalm
  • Performers: Carys-Anne Lane (Soprano); Ian Watson (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Richard Hickox Singers
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1949

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Prelude & Fugue for organ in C minor
  • Performer: Malcolm Hicks (Organ)
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Ensemble: Richard Hickox Singers
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1921