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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 5 & 9 / Bakels, Bournemouth So


Release Date: 01/19/1999 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550738   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Kees Bakels' Vaughan Williams cycle is much better than many British critics like to admit. It's strange, but you would think that it would be a source of pride for foreign musicians to conduct native composers like Vaughan Williams and Elgar. Unfortunately, what usually happens is that the "outsider" takes the music and promptly outclasses the home-grown talent. Such was the case with Slatkin's Vaughan Williams cycle, which eclipsed the efforts of the likes of Boult and Handley, and it's pretty much the case here. Bakel's performances are extremely exciting, especially his Ninth Symphony, which is a revelation. It may be that the fast tempos compromise what some consider the music's "transcendental" qualities, but Read more that's a small loss when the interpretation gives the work so much more coherence and urgency then usual. The Fifth Symphony is so pretty that it's practically unkillable, and it's very well done here, though without quite the luminosity of Bryden Thomson's Chandos recording. Even so, these performances are first rate in every way.

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

1. 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 
2. 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 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 5 in D major: I. Preludio: Moderato - Allegro - Tempo I
Symphony No. 5 in D major: II. Scherzo: Presto misterioso
Symphony No. 5 in D major: III. Romanza: Lento
Symphony No. 5 in D major: IV. Passacaglia: Moderato
Symphony No. 9 in E minor: I. Moderato maestoso
Symphony No. 9 in E minor: II. Andante sostenuto
Symphony No. 9 in E minor: III. Scherzo: Allegro pesante
Symphony No. 9 in E minor: IV. Andante tranquillo

Customer Reviews

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 Powerful Performance March 13, 2014 By bess holloway (Boulder, CO) See All My Reviews "I've found that the recommended designation is highly reliable, so I ordered this recording with that in mind. I was well rewarded by the dynamic performance of these two monumental symphonies. An extraordinary bargain presented to listeners here." Report Abuse
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