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Classics - Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5, Etc / Previn


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80158   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Barry GriffithsPeter CoshamAndrew WilliamsFrançois Rive
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are very beautiful performances, richly recorded. The Tallis Fantasia receives a stately, grave reading--not as passionate as the benchmark recordings by Barbirolli or Silvestri, but thoroughly idiomatic and rewarding nevertheless. The solo quartet is well integrated into the main string ensemble, and Telarc's ripe sonics seal the deal. When this disc was first issued in 1989 it was surprising to discover that Previn's singularly supple and evocative view of the Fifth Symphony hadn't mellowed a bit since his superb LSO recording for RCA. Just the opposite in fact: the finale is measurably swifter in tempo, though the remaining movements have hardly changed at all interpretively speaking. The Romanza, just a touch slower than Read more previously, conveys the music's mood of hushed concentration particularly well in this, the composer's most mellow orchestral work. At mid-price, you can't go wrong here. [4/7/2004]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1943; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1988 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 40 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Barry Griffiths (Violin), Peter Cosham (Violin), Andrew Williams (Viola),
François Rive (Cello)
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
Date of Recording: 07/1988 
Venue:  Walthamstow Town Hall, London 
Length: 15 Minutes 56 Secs. 

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