Martin Murray

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Vaughan Williams: The Collectors Edition ~ Various Artists
226 of 227 people found the following review helpful
30 discs for around £40 is a pretty good proposition, but you need to know what is on them, don't you? Ok, here goes. Volumes 1-6 contain the nine symphonies played by the RLPO conducted by Vernon Handley, together with the Oboe Concerto played by Jonathan Small and the Serenade to Music (Choral version, with the RLP Choir). Handley's performances are not necessarily the best ever of each of these individually, but they are certainly all above average and some, such as No.5, are considered among the best.

Disc 7 has the Wasps Suite and Piano Concerto, one-piano version (Piers Lane and the RLPO/Handley again), plus the Prelude and Fugue in C minor originally written for organ,… Read more
Martinu-Symphonies Nos 3 and 5 ~ Arthur Fagen
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This disc is definitely worth its modest cost. The Symphonies of Martinu are a world unto themselves and well worth exploring - not quite like anything else. There are odd echoes of Stravinsky, Janacek + even Copland? and no doubt lots of others, but, in the end, these are quirky and individual pieces. They are also very rewarding and approachable, not at all of the plink, plonk, crash, wah school. Nos 3 and 5 are probably two of the best of the 6 for the newcomer to Martinu's idiom, and No 3 is particularly well played in this Naxos version. No doubt both symphonies have been and will be played in a more award-winning style than here, but this performance of No 3 is worth the price… Read more
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 ~ Sergei Rachmaninov
Rachmaninov: Symphony No.2 ~ Sergei Rachmaninov
66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
This performance of Rachmaninov's second symphony made quite a stir when it was released on vinyl back in 1973 and although that may seem like a generation ago (because it is, sadly!), this newly (1999) re-mastered version succeeds in recapturing the excitement which its original release created. Prior to this recording, Previn and the LSO had toured with the symphony to Russia, where the unexpurgated version had not been heard for years, and it caused a sensation. Listening to this recording, it is not hard to understand why. This is unashamedly beautiful and lyrical music, played by an orchestra and conductor who had no misgivings about whether the music was fashionable or not, and… Read more