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The original version is so utterly natural and spontaneous,
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This review is from: Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (original version) (Audio CD)
After hearing A London Symphony on iPlayer from the 2013 BBC Proms, I though how could I not have my own copy of this my favourite Vaughan Williams symphony. VW has always been my choice modern British symphonic composer, head and shoulders above the rest, Elgar included.
I must confess that not having heard the London Symphony for so long, I thought I probably would not remember every phrase. However, where the revised version played at the Proms a few days ago seemed ever so slightly to have disjointed gaps between one or two sections, this rendering of the original is seameless and utterly beautiful. Where other versions may allow the music to breath, Hickox gives even more air and it is utterly spontaneous, totally lyrical.
Yes, some music soothes the savage breast, but none more so than this beautiful music interpreted with such relaxed conviction.