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5.0 out of 5 stars My first set of VW's symphonies, 28 Aug 2008
This review is from: Vaughan Williams: Complete Symphonies, Tallis & Greensleeves Fantasias, Lark Ascending, Wasps Overture (Audio CD)
I think this is the reissue of the set I have, comprising the nine symphonies, Job, The Lark ascending and the Tallis Fantasia, that I bought years ago, and that I still find astonishing. Andrew Davis and the BBC orchestra deliver superb performances of the works. The 2nd, 4th, 6th and 7th being my favourites of the set. The first, with T. Hampson and A. Roocroft singing, is also an excellent version, but I like that symphopny less than others. Tasmin Little gives a great Lark ascending, and Job is a very good version. At the price this is offered, you can't let this opportunity pass without buying it. It cost me more money years ago, when I bought it, but it was worth every penny. I bought afterwards the Boult/EMI set, but I prefer the Davis/BBC, for many reasons. Here you have the chance to discover why.
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Initial post: 3 Jul 2011 10:33:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Jul 2011 10:33:33 BDT
Yes, I agree. This set has been even more underrated than the excellent Leonard Slatkin RCA series. Having read poor reviews of the Davis version of Symphony No 5 I listened to it yesterday and found it very moving - a wonderful slow movement in particular. Symphony No 6 is often difficult to get right on disc - in my view there are very few entirely successful CD recordings. Davis is one of the very best as is his Job and the wonderfully reflective and valedictory 9th Symphony. For decades I didn't appreciate A Sea Symphony - but I now regard it very highly - certainly one of the most moving, especially the last movement.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 May 2012 11:05:53 BDT
Yes, as time goes by, A Sea Symphony is growing on me. And, as you say, the 6th here is wonderful. In fact, many years ago I lend that CD (6th, Tallis and lark) to a friend, and he asked me the rest of the set the next day, saying it was the best thing he heard in ages.
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