[ Hyperion / CD ]
Release Date: Tuesday 10 October 2017
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Vaughan Williams's London Symphony (the composer's favourite of the nine) makes a rare appearance in its 1920 first publication. Three lesser-known works complete a highly desirable programme, while Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra understand how this music should be played like few others. This is mandatory listening.
"The recorded sound throughout this CD is excellent, as you might expect given that the engineer is Simon Eaton and the producer, who has no little experience of producing VW recordings, is Andrew Keener. This splendid performance is now the best way to hear the 1920 version of A London Symphony." MuscWeb Nov 2017
"[The Symphony] clocks in at 51 minutes in the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's performance, with Brabbins's fabulously assured reading generally favouring broad tempi, in the unaltered first movement especially...The fill-ups are fascinating, too." The Guardian
"Brabbins masterminds a superbly involving account...Clocking in at around 52 minutes, it's a canvas of thrilling sweep, evocative power and vaulting ambition...Above all, Brabbins exhibits a very real love for this remarkable score...The fill-ups are a joy, too. Elizabeth Watts makes a radiant showing in Orpheus With His Lute...An irresistible anthology, in sum" Editor's Choice Gramophone November 2017
Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony' (1920 version)
Orpheus With His Lute
Variations for Brass Band