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Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, etc / Boult, London PO
Ralph Vaughan Williams, Adrian Boult, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, etc / Boult, London PO
Genre: Classical
 
Sir Adrian Boult's reading with the LPO is lively and lyrical--a brisk, impressionistic view of RVW's London, delivered with all the naturalness one could ask for. If the approach is more fanciful and rhapsodic than most, ...  more »

     
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All Artists: Ralph Vaughan Williams, Adrian Boult, London Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, etc / Boult, London PO
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Label: EMI Classics
Release Date: 9/12/1991
Genre: Classical
Styles: Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century, Symphonies
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 077776401720, 077776401720

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Sir Adrian Boult's reading with the LPO is lively and lyrical--a brisk, impressionistic view of RVW's London, delivered with all the naturalness one could ask for. If the approach is more fanciful and rhapsodic than most, particularly in the second movement, there is no shortage of weight and power in the big moments of the two outer movements. The orchestra plays the score with perfect idiomatic fluency, and the recording is open and finely detailed. A bracing account. --Ted Libbey

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CD Reviews

Wonderful recording
Marvin A. Zimmer | murray, ut United States | 08/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have heard both the Andre Previn recording and the Adrian Bolt. While the Andre Previn is slower in places and builds to the climax in the first movement at a more natural tempo, this recording by Adrian Bolt serves up all the gusto and bravura that Vaughn Williams is known for. Sweeping melodic structures and exciting crescendoes really give a true feel for the magnetism of London and the countryside. This was Vaughn-william' favorite symphony, and I have to admit, mine to. You won't go wrong with this recording."
Dynamic Performances
D. A Wend | Buffalo Grove, IL USA | 09/08/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This disc brings together recordings that Sir Adrian Bout made in his 80s in the early 1970's. The Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis was reviewed with other recordings of the work in the September, 2008 issue, and this recording was selected as the one to have.

The Tallis was recorded in 1975 and is a powerful reading of this famous Vaughan Williams work. I was immediately struck by the care taken over the phrasing and steady tempo. Listening to the recording was like hearing it for the first time and reminded me that the first performance of the Tallis Fantasia was in a cathedral. The performance of the London Symphony is, likewise, one of care and reflective of Adrian Boult's long experience conducting this music. The dynamics and phrasing are closely observed with care for the emotional expression of the music. The slow movement is especially well played with the climax of the music beautifully built and the quick silver scherzo is brilliantly played by the London Philharmonic. I would place this performance at the top of my favorite recordings of this music and they are certainly among the best of Adrian Boult's recordings of Vaughan William's music. The transfer to CD is well-engineered.
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Beautiful
David W. Dee | Arlington, MA USA | 08/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I have this CD on tape. I've always thought that the Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis was one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written, and this is a beautiful recording of it. If you're someone who also likes the Vaughn Williams "London" Symphony, then I'd give the CD 5 stars."