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Possibly the best VW 6th since Boult's Decca
on 2 April 2013
Andrew Davis is inspired in the difficult 6th symphony and up there with Boult's LPO recording from way back. In some ways he allows the brutality of Vaughan Wiliiams' vision to hit us more 'snakily' than even Boult.
Sir Adrian's later set for EMI obviously had better sound but the 6th was less savage than for Decca.
So why only 2 stars? Simple, the recording producer C Palmer and 'engineer' T Faulkner evidently thought that they knew better than both the composer and superb conductor and the dynamics sound nothing like a real orchestral concert. I could analyse and prove it but cannot be bothered. Suffice to say that making the Epilogue so dim and distant they lose some of the best ensemble playing for years ('cello against woodwind) and totally wreck a masterly performance.
Why are digital knob twiddlers not issued with mittens so they can leave well alone?
If ever there was a need to remaster what the interferers might have left this is it.
Great playing, great conducting but the so-called 'engineers' might as well have slashed a Turner.