VAUGHAN WILLIAMS – The complete symphonic cycle on Chandos

Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) Sinfonia Antartica (No. 7)* Four Last Songs (orch. Anthony Payne)† Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra‡
Mari Eriksmoen  Soprano* Roderick Williams  Baritone† Hélène Mercier  Piano‡ Louis Lortie  Piano‡ Bergen Philharmonic Choir* Edvard Grieg Kor* Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis

Chandos SACD CHSA5186 @£10.50* till 31 October 2017 (from 1 November it will be £12.25*)

This is the eagerly awaited final volume in our historic series of Vaughan Williams’s Symphonies, started about twenty-five years ago by the late Richard Hickox, and recently continued by that other expert in British repertoire, Sir Andrew Davis. The album features an exceptional cast and a rare combination of repertoire. While the indefatigable piano duo Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier tackle the virtuosic Double Piano Concerto, the baritone Roderick Williams OBE offers breathtaking interpretations of the rarely heard, yet passionate Four Last Songs, in Anthony Payne’s delicate and imaginative orchestration, premiered at the BBC Proms only four years ago. Vaughan Williams based the disc’s centrepiece, the majestic Sinfonia Antartica, on music he had written for the film Scott of the Antarctic only a few years before, stunningly evoking the implacable, frozen landscape of the Antarctic. All are supported by the impeccable Bergen orchestra and choirs and recorded in surround-sound. This album is a very special one, as is the now complete series.


BBC Radio 3, Record Review, CD of the Week, (4 February 2017) VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Job (A Masque for Dancing) Symphony No.9 in E minor. Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra,  Sir Andrew Davis. Chandos SACD CHSA5180 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 1 ‘A Sea Symphony’, The Wasps Overture. Susan Gritton, Gerald Finley, London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Richard Hickox. Chandos 5047 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 2 ‘A London Symphony’ (original 1913 version). BUTTERWORTH: The Banks of Green Willow. London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 9902 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No.3 ‘A Pastoral Symphony’, The Running Set, Norfolk Rhapsody No.1 Rebecca Evans, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 10001 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4, Mass in G minor, Six Choral Songs – to be Sung in Time of War. Richard Hickox Singers, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Chandos 5003 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 5, Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Hymn-Tune Prelude on Song 13 by Orlando Gibbons (arr. for strings by Helen Glatz), The Pilgrim Pavement, Valiant-for- truth, Psalm 23 Richard Hickox Singers, London Symphony Orchestra,  Richard Hickox Chandos 5004 @ £12.25*

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No.8, Symphony No. 6, Nocturne A setting of Whispers of Heavenly Death by Walt Whitman for voice and orchestra,  Roderick Williams baritone, London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox . Chandos 5016 @ £12.25*

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