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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8 / Elder, Halle Orchestra

Vaughan Williams / Halle Orchestra / Elder
Release Date: 07/09/2013 
Label:  Hallé   Catalog #: 7533   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Mark Elder leads the Halle Orchestra in two beautiful works by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The 8th Symphony was written for, and premiered by, Sir John Barbirolli and the Halle orchestra in 1956 and is noted for an enlarged and colorful percussion section. The music is among the more light hearted and sunny of Vaughan Williams' scores. The lyrical, richly melodious 5th Symphony embraces the world of nature and human emotions one finds in the Tallis Fantasia and Serenade to Music. This concert was recorded live in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on 9th November 2011.

Review quote:

"Elder made a splendid job of it, capturing its quizzical nature
Read more to a nicety and balancing the orchestral sound with a skill that drew out the subtlest of Vaughan Williams’s instrumental colourings." - Richard Fairman, Financial Times, (Review of Symphony No.8 Royal Albert Hall Proms, July 2008)
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1943; England 
Date of Recording: 11/09/2011 
Venue:  Live  Bridgewater Hall, Manchester 
Length: 38 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2. Symphony no 8 in D minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Mark Elder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
Date of Recording: 02/03/2012 
Venue:  BBC Studios, Mediacityuk, Salford 
Length: 28 Minutes 41 Secs. 

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