Vaughan Williams - Symphonies 5 & 6 | ICA Classics ICAC5164

Vaughan Williams - Symphonies 5 & 6


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Label: ICA Classics

Cat No: ICAC5164

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 22nd April 2022



BBC Symphony Orchestra


Adrian Boult


Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Symphony no.5 in D major
Symphony no.6 in E minor


BBC Symphony Orchestra


Adrian Boult


Sir Adrian Boult began his long association with the music of Vaughan Williams in 1918 when he conducted A London Symphony earning praise from the composer. Thereafter Boult gave many first performances of Vaughan Williamsís works including the Third, Fourth and Sixth Symphonies and Job was dedicated to him.

Boult also recorded all the symphonies extensively in the studio for Decca and EMI during the 1950s and late 1960s. The pastoral Fifth Symphony (1938-43) is considered a masterpiece based on Bunyanís The Pilgrimís Progress which some critics have suggested was a vision of peace for a war-weary nation, whereas the angry Sixth Symphony (1944-47) bears the marks of the war years in the opposite extreme, a portrait of a world laid to waste by a nuclear holocaust. Boultís performances here, caught live at Londonís Royal Albert Hall Promenade Concerts in 1972 and 1975, have even more adrenaline and excitement compared to their studio equivalents.

Anthony Payne (Daily Telegraph) described the 1975 Prom performance of Symphony no.5: ďone of the most taut and concentrated interpretations I have ever heard of the workĒ. When it comes to Symphony no.6, Martin Cotton, the music critic and writer wrote: ďwhat Boult achieves in the four linked movements of Symphony No.6 is a sense of overall direction, and as he did in Symphony No.5, a strong feeling for the structure and emotional depth of the workĒ.

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