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Vaughan Williams: Complete Symphonies / Haitink, London Philharmonic

Vaughan Williams / Bostridge,Ian
Release Date: 01/14/2014 
Label:  Warner Classics   Catalog #: 8475926   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Jonathan SummersFelicity LottAmanda RoocroftSarah Chang,   ... 
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  CantilenaLondon Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic Choir
Number of Discs: 7 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Haitink has been identified for years as a leading interpreter of the Austro-German repertoire but his long career in the UK has encouraged him also to explore English music. Over a long period of time (1984-2000) he recorded a cycle of the Vaughan Williams symphonies for EMI. I bought some of these (Sea Symphony, A London Symphony and Sinfonia Antartica) when they first came out and I admired them very much but the remainder escaped my attentions, probably because my shelves already groan under an embarrassing number of recordings of the RVW symphonies. However, the chance to acquire the whole cycle in an EMI box of seven CDs...proved to be too great a temptation. In general, I think Haitink is more successful in the more reflective works. Read more His Pastoral and Fifth, for example, are beautiful. He’s also very fine in the London Symphony but to my ears the turbulent Fourth in particular doesn’t have quite the punch and thrust that it needs. Sea Symphony is a wonderful, heart-warming creation but it needs a firm hand on the tiller if the structure is not to sag. The same powers of concentration that make Haitink so successful in Bruckner serve him well here and I was delighted to renew my acquaintance with this splendid recording. EMI gave Haitink superb sound throughout the cycle and this box is graced by a splendidly readable and authoritative essay by Michael Kennedy. Though this cycle doesn’t shake my allegiances to Handley or Boult it’s a fine achievement and at the current price it’s almost an indecent bargain.

- John Quinn, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Jonathan Summers (Baritone), Felicity Lott (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cantilena,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1909; England 
2.
Symphony no 2 "London" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1920; England 
3.
Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 
4.
Symphony no 3 "Pastoral" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Amanda Roocroft (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
5.
Symphony no 4 in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1934; England 
6.
Symphony no 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1943; England 
7.
Norfolk Rhapsody no 1 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905-1906; England 
8.
The lark ascending by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Sarah Chang (Violin)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914/1920; England 
9.
Symphony no 6 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1947; England 
10.
In the Fen Country by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
11.
On Wenlock Edge by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Ian Bostridge (Tenor)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
12.
Symphony no 7 "Sinfonia antartica" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Sheila Armstrong (Soprano)
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1952; England 
13.
Symphony no 8 in D minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
14.
Symphony no 9 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Bernard Haitink
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; England 

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