Vaughan Williams Symphony No.5 & No.8
4th Feb 2013
CD HLL 7533
Sir Mark Elder
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
RECORDED 9 NOVEMBER 2011
LIVE IN THE BRIDGEWATER HALL, MANCHESTER
5. Fantasia (Variazioni senza tema)
6. Scherzo alla marcia
RECORDED 3 FEBRUARY 2012
IN THE BBC STUDIOS, MEDIACITY UK, SALFORD
‘I’d rather listen to [the Hallé] play English music than any other orchestra in the world.’
The Hallé releases its second volume of works by Vaughan Williams, continuing its award-winning survey of British music under Music Director, Sir Mark Elder.
Symphony No.5 is a tranquil work with music influenced by Ravel, with whom Vaughan Williams had studied, and is scored for very traditional forces.
Symphony No.8 is the shortest of the symphonies and whilst not being without moments of somber mood, is generally light hearted in tone. It is dedicated to Sir John Barbirolli and was premiered by the Hallé in 1956.