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Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, Oboe Concerto
 
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Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, Oboe Concerto

14 Nov. 2011 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 14 Nov. 2011
  • Release Date: 14 Nov. 2011
  • Label: Halle Concerts Society
  • Copyright: 2011 Hallé Concerts Society
  • Total Length: 1:05:51
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  • ASIN: B0060CNPCW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 80,504 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Robin Barber on 1 Mar. 2012
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If I am not mistaken, this is the first recording of A London Symphony since Richard Hickox's pioneering 1913 original version on the Chandos label released in 2001. Here we have the more familiar 1936 final edition of the score. Sir Mark Elder, it seems to me has suddenly blossomed as an interpreter of Vaughan Williams' music. This is a monumental score and he approaches it as such and overall it is a very good performance, with excellent recording, but I have some reservations. The recording was taken from a live (2010) performance at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, but you would hardly know it, no audience sound is perceptible. The hushed opening is magical, after the murmurings in the basses the symphony slowly arises from the mists into daylight and off we go into the busy streets of the capital, tremendous forward momentum, colour and atmosphere that this kaleidoscopic first movement needs. Elder adopts almost exactly the same timings for each movement as his great predecessor Sir John Barbirolli in the recording he made with the Hallé in 1957. The difference is however in mood, Elder's version is a majestic and truly symphonic account but lacks at times the passion and intensity of Barbirolli. This is particularly noticeable in the slow movement, which despite beautiful playing and recording never reaches the intense rapture captured in the earlier recording. Then to the scherzo, which for me lacked the bounce and excitement that the composer's sprung rhythms should bring to this lively but mysterious nocturne. The finale is much more successful and after the anguished opening and sombre march the music builds in grandeur before the chimes usher in the nicely judged epilogue and the symphony fades into silence.Read more ›
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The best recording of the London Symphony I have ever heard! Strongly recommended!
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Crebes on 21 Feb. 2012
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Vaughan Williams is a quintessential English composer and his works reflect what it is to be English, similar to Elgar. This work portrays a feel of London in its busy and quieter moods and is a typical work of the composer. Anyone who likes the feel of being English will like this.
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