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Boult conducts Vaughan Williams, Hadley, Bax & Berg / LPO, BBC Symphony, New Philharmonia


Release Date: 06/02/2009 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4256   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsArnold BaxPatrick HadleyAlban Berg
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia OrchestraLondon Philharmonic OrchestraBBC Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

REVIEW:

These characteristically unforced, humane and, above all, honest readings of the Tallis Fantasia and Sixth Symphony from Boult and the New Philharmonia emanate from the 1972 Cheltenham Festival’s Vaughan Williams Centenary Concert. Six weeks later Boult performed the symphony again with the BBC SO at the Proms (briefly available on BBC Radio Classics – nla), but the present interpretation has the edge in terms of feisty application and purposeful grit. If the start of the Scherzo brings some momentary insecurity (at the same point, strangely enough, things come off the rails altogether in that later Proms account), the epilogue is negotiated with acute mastery, the string choir’s inscrutable closing chords unerringly
Read more “placed” – it’s just a pity the applause bursts in so prematurely! The performance of the Fantasia is slightly less memorable (and the comparatively restricted acoustic hardly lends enchantment) but it remains well worth hearing, not least for that inimitable Boult “glow” in this sublime music.

Elsewhere, Sir Adrian and the LPO lavish affectionate treatment on Patrick Hadley’s adorable One Morning in Spring and Bax’s flirtatious Mediterranean (they went on to make much-loved commercial recordings of both for Lyrita), while the inclusion of Berg’s Lyric Suite(in a beautifully prepared and generously sung reading from December 1966 with the strings of the BBC SO) serves as a timely reminder that it was Boult himself who, in a concert broadcast on March 14, 1934, presided over the first complete performance in Britain of Wozzeck, so winning the eternal gratitude of the great Austrian composer. I need only add that the annotation (Colin Anderson) and remastering (Tony Faulkner) are first-class. Boult aficionados will not want to miss this absorbing anthology.

– Gramophone (Andrew Achenbach) Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
2.
Mediterranean by Arnold Bax
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920-1922; England 
3.
Symphony no 6 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1947; England 
4.
One Morning in Spring by Patrick Hadley
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1942; England 
5.
Lyric Suite Pieces (3) for String Orchestra by Alban Berg
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928; Austria 

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