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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies & Other Orchestral Works / Sir Adrian Boult


Release Date: 11/07/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 73924   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Sheila ArmstrongJohn Carol CaseWynford EvansMarie Hayward,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic ChoirNew Philharmonia Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 8 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 8 Hours 54 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

No one was a doughtier champion of Vaughan Williams than Boult... Highlights? ...I’ve always had a soft spot for this September 1968 version of A Sea Symphony. Certainly, it remains a wonderfully wise and affectionate traversal. Rehearing Boult’s New Philharmonia recording of A Pastoral Symphony (of which he gave the premiere in 1922), I now wonder whether I’ve tended to underestimate its subtle merits in the past. How movingly Boult conveys both the tugging heartache and wondrous ebb and flow of this elusive masterwork. The Kingsway Hall sound here is very fine....

Among the valuable clutch of extras, I was especially pleased to see the inclusion of Job. This was Boult’s fourth and final recording of a masterpiece he
Read more conducted with supreme understanding for more than 40 years.... Job shares a disc with VW’s 1946 two-piano arrangement of his remarkable Piano Concerto (1926-31) ... the warm-hearted renderings of Serenade to Music (with a strong vocal line-up), In the Fen Country and The Lark Ascending (featuring Hugh Bean in radiant form) ... this set is definitely worth its extremely modest outlay.

– Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone [1/2001]


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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), John Carol Case (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1909; England 
Language: English 
2.
Symphony no 2 "London" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1920; England 
3.
Symphony no 3 "Pastoral" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
4.
Symphony no 4 in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1934; England 
5.
Symphony no 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1943; England 
6.
Symphony no 6 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1947; England 
7.
Symphony no 7 "Sinfonia antartica" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1952; England 
8.
Symphony no 8 in D minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
9.
Symphony no 9 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; England 
10.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
11.
The wasps by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
12.
Serenade to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Wynford Evans (Tenor), Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), Marie Hayward (Soprano),
Richard Angas (Bass), Alfreda Hodgson (Alto), Gloria Jennings (Alto),
Shirley Minty (Alto), Meriel Dickinson (Alto), Ian Partridge (Tenor),
Bernard Dickerson (Tenor), John Noble (Bass), Kenneth Bowen (Tenor),
Christopher Keyte (Bass), John Carol Case (Bass), Norma Burrowes (Soprano),
Susan Longfield (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938; England 
Language: English 
Notes: Version: 1938 
13.
The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Hugh Bean (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1920; England 
14.
Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
Notes: Arranger: Ralph Greaves. 
15.
Norfolk Rhapsody no 1 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1906; England 
16.
English Folk Song Suite by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Notes: Arranger: Gordon Jacob. 
17.
Job by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1930; England 
18.
Concerto for 2 Pianos in C major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Vitya Vronsky (Piano), Victor Babin (Piano)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1946; England 
19.
In the Fen Country by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Notes: Composition written: England (1904 - 1907). 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  6 Customer Reviews )
 Authoritative accounts of the Vaughan Williams oe January 15, 2013 By David Greetham (Lenox, MA) See All My Reviews "This reissue of Adrian Boult's survey of the orchestral works of Vaughan Williams, including all nine of the symphonies, makes newly available the most authoritative account of these works. Boult had an intimate relationship with the composer, extending as far as the ninth symphony, and this shows both in the sweep of the orchestral color and in the attention to the balance in the details. Not even Boult can rescue the ill-fated ninth, which remains turgid and uninspiring compared to the enormous energy of, say, the second; but perhaps this last symphony is still awaiting its discovery and animation by other interpreters. In all, well worth investigating." Report Abuse
 A great collection January 12, 2013 By Dr. Mitchell Gurk (Spencer, MA) See All My Reviews "This set is my introduction to VW. To these ears his music is Bruckner-esque: mystical, universal, complex and wise. For example, Antarctic Sym. has the mysterious sweep of empty spaces without horizons or destinations, reminiscent of Frost, 'when life is too much like a pathless wood . . . ' but as music the experience is cognitive and visceral. And Sym. 4 is therapeutic when i am stuck in a rage of helplessness, by being supremely angry so as to overmatch and minimize that personal pain. Also, nicely paired on the same disc, if that sort of thing works for you, with the optimistic and satisfied feeling of Sym 6. What a range of consciousness to admire! Performance and recording up to high standards. Tho i find - perhaps due to modern recording - the 2003 Naxos, Daniels, Bournmouth Sym 4 to be a more fiery yet still well justified complaint. That disc has Flos Campi, lovely, and absent from this Boult collection." Report Abuse
 Definitive Vaughan-Williams December 6, 2012 By V. Guernon (South Kingstown, RI) See All My Reviews "Sir Adrian Boult was a lifefong friend and champion of Vaughn-Willimas. He recorded several of the symphonies numerous times, and he recorded the complete cycle of all nine twice: This one and a earlier cycle in the 1950's for Decca records. Boult's Vaughn-Williams is knowing, comfortable, and authoritative. He is also given a full and warm sound from the EMI engineers. There are other very fine cycles of these symphonies out there (Previn and Slatkin, to name two), but these are probably as definitive interpretations of these works as we are ever likely to hear." Report Abuse
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