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Vaughan Williams: Complete Symphonies / Rodgers, Maltman, Russell, Silverthorne


Release Date: 08/26/2008 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8506020   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Joan RodgersChristopher MaltmanBrendan O'BrienPatricia Rozario,   ... 
Conductor:  Paul DanielKees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraBournemouth Symphony ChorusWaynflete Singers
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 6 Hours 37 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Given the "big names" in Vaughan Williams symphony cycles, it would be easy to overlook this convenient repackaging of the dual-conductor Naxos recordings. This would be a mistake: they are, for the most part, very good indeed. Kees Bakels conducts all of the symphonies except for Nos. 1 and 4. Now it just so happens that Paul Daniel's No. 1 is the single major disappointment in the set, as much a function of mediocre singing and technically challenged recording as anything Daniel does. Elsewhere, these are some of the most exciting RVW performances around. Highlights include a particularly energized No. 6, an unusually vivid and colorful Pastoral Symphony, and versions of the last three works that withstand comparison with the Read more best. In A London Symphony, Bakels doesn't quite match classic interpretations by Boult (EMI) and Previn (RCA), but he's still very good. If you missed this cycle in its individual releases, you might want to consider going whole hog and trying them all in one shot.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Joan Rodgers (Soprano), Christopher Maltman (Baritone)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1909; England 
Length: 63 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 2 "London" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1920; England 
Length: 57 Minutes 13 Secs. 
3. The wasps: Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 28 Secs. 
4. Symphony no 3 "Pastoral" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Brendan O'Brien (Violin), Patricia Rozario (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
Length: 37 Minutes 38 Secs. 
5. Symphony no 6 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Brendan O'Brien (Violin), Patricia Rozario (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1947; England 
Length: 33 Minutes 39 Secs. 
6. Symphony no 4 in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1934; England 
Length: 32 Minutes 10 Secs. 
7. Norfolk Rhapsody no 1 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Stuart Green (Viola)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1906; England 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
8. Flos campi by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Stuart Green (Viola)
Conductor:  Paul Daniel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1925; England 
Length: 19 Minutes 30 Secs. 
9. Symphony no 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1943; England 
Length: 38 Minutes 17 Secs. 
10. Symphony no 9 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; England 
Length: 29 Minutes 5 Secs. 
11. Symphony no 7 "Sinfonia antartica" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Waynflete Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1952; England 
Length: 40 Minutes 7 Secs. 
12. Symphony no 8 in D minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
Length: 28 Minutes 10 Secs. 

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