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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 / Brabbins, BBC Symphony

Bbc Symphony Orchestra / Brabbins,Martyn
Release Date: 01/03/2020 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 68280  
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  David Butt Philip
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Compelling performances of two very different symphonies, the complex visionary pantheism of the ‘Pastoral’ an ideal foil for the unbridled ferocity of No 4. An added incentive, Martyn Brabbins’s idiomatic realization of Vaughan Williams’s choral Saraband 'Helen' (a first recording) is a real discovery.

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REVIEW:

One immediately feels Brabbins’s special affinity for this music in the numinous pacing of the first movement of the Pastoral Symphony. Brabbins and the Hyperion recording team bring a thrilling clarity to the heavier timbres of the Scherzo and the diaphanous, mercurial (even Holst-like) coda. Brabbins’s reading of the first
Read more movement of the Fourth Symphony has much of the familiar violence and ferocity that we know from this work.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 3 "Pastoral" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
2.
Symphony no 4 in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1934; England 
3.
Saraband 'Helen' by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  David Butt Philip (Tenor)
Conductor:  Martyn Brabbins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
Notes: (Completed and orchestrated by M. Brabbins.) 

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