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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic recordings and excellent value, 7 Dec 2011
This review is from: Vaughan Williams: The Nine Symphonies (British Composers) (Audio CD)
If you want an inexpensive boxed set of the Vaughan Williams symphonies you will not go wrong here. This was Boult's second set of recordings of the Vaughan Williams symphonies (the earlier set is on Decca) and although the earlier set had the advantage of VW being in on the recording sessions (apart for No 9 as he died on the morning of the recording session), the EMI set has a warmth and eloquence which is very appealing. Boult, after all, gave the first performances of three of the symphonies (Nos 3,4 and 6) and by the time he recorded this set (1967-71) he had a lifetime's experience of performance. All the performances are outstanding and I'd pick out those of A London Symphony, No 4, 5 and 9 as potentially the finest recorded versions of these works. That of No 6 also appeared in a book featuring the 'Top 1000' classical CDs.
Unlike the poorly presented RCA/Slatkin set, which has also been reissued, the EMI set comes with excellent notes (updated for this reissue) by VW expert Michael Kennededy(the RCA set has none whatsoever). The individual CDs are intelligently coupled with nos 2 and 3 and 5 and 9 sharing a disc. This set represents a wonderfully perceptive and thoughtful traversal of the great landscapes of the Vaughan Williams symphonies.

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Initial post: 21 Dec 2011 20:56:03 GMT
Bedinog says:
Another warm review from Jeffrey Davis of very warmly recorded music. I'm really not sure HMV could do much wrong in the recording studio in those days and having had these recordings in my collection for a few years now, I have to agree with you Jeffrey. There's still a tendency in some quarters to be a little patronising about Boult, and this second VW cycle in particular. Hopefully, this reisssue will make it a fewmore friends. I wouldn't be without it.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Dec 2011 00:11:06 GMT
Many thanks John. I have come to appreciate this set more and more as time goes by.
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