Ralph Vaughan Williams : Les 9 Symphonies box

Ralph Vaughan Williams : Les 9 Symphonies box

Ralph Vaughan Williams : Les 9 Symphonies box

Ralph Vaughan Williams : Les 9 Symphonies box:at our store, we stock over 2000 models, so if you see the manufacturer, but not the model, don't be shy - give us a call and we will be happy to check! With the possible exceptions of Sir John Barbirolli's justly lauded 1962 reading of the 5th Symphony, or the late Sir Richard Hickox' rendition of the 4th on Chandos, there are probably no more authentic or authoritative performances of Vaughan Williams' symphonies than these, recorded by Sir Adrian Boult for EMI with the London Philharmonic and New Philharmonia orchestras between 1967 and 1971.It's a great shame that neither Barbirolli nor Hickox got around to recording a complete RVW symphonic cycle during their busy lifetimes; in which case this set might have had some genuine competition. The well-known and often-re-issued cycles by Vernon Handley (EMI), Bryden Thomson (Chandos), Bernard Haitink (EMI), Andre Previn, and Leonard Slatkin (both for RCA) are all competent, offering some interesting insights into the music, but none of them rise to the rarefied heights so decisively commanded by Boult, especially when one considers the improved sound in this new transfer. I was particularly disappointed by the superannuated sonics on EMI's recent 30-disc "Vaughan Williams Collector's Edition," featuring--somewhat mystifyingly--yet another issue of the Handley cycle; a disappointment which greatly influenced my decision to purchase this latest packaging of the Boult performances. In retrospect, I'm glad I did.Boult's cycle has never been out of circulation since it first appeared. I remember collecting some of these performances on Angel (EMI-USA) LPs back in the mid-70s; the sound being fairly muffled and poorly defined, due in part to the sub-par pressings so common back then. I found better pressings and sound on His Master's Voice (EMI-UK) import LPs a decade later, and was able to more fully appreciate the scope and power of these interpretations. First in 1986, and again in 1991, EMI re-issued the cycle on a series of separate CDs as well as at least two subsequent complete box sets. As originally issued, those re-masterings fell somewhat short of the mark in my opinion, failing to take full advantage of the broader dynamic levels afforded by the new digital technology. In this regard, the first CD issues in no way superceded the 80s-vintage HMV LPs.While this new set from 2011 relies on the same re-masterings from the late 80s and early 90s, the quality of the transfers is greatly improved. The sound that was excellent in 1986 is now nothing short of magnificent; wide-open, richly detailed, full and clear with nothing coming between the music and the listener. And this truly is great music, from a great interpreter who was as close to the musical mind of the composer as anyone before or since. Boult's reading of the choral "Sea Symphony" (#1) is taut, stirring and vividly paced; his "London Symphony" (#2) is a revelation of detail, and probably the finest interpretation of that most famous example of English impressionism ever to be recorded; the gentle "Pastorale" (#3), the noble, stirring 5th; the acerbic 4th and 6th; the wry and rollicking 8th, the autumnal 9th, and the extended cinematic tone-poem of the 7th are all brought to glorious life on these recordings; sheer, unalloyed pleasure.This set is recommended with no reservation whatsoever.max 69% off,new york mall,super-cheapRalph Vaughan Williams : Les 9 Symphonies box
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Sir Adrian Boult (1889-1983) gave three symphonic premieres of Vaughan Williams and recorded the symphonies twice. Here, in vintage 1960s stereo from Kingsway Hall and Abbey Road, are the finest fruits of his Indian summer in the recording studio. Composer and conductor, matched to measure, share in sound, a vision of humanity and hard-won experience transcending over half a century: from Whitman and the Sea Symphony to the last, late wintry wordless music of Scott of the Antarctic and Thomas Hardy.

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Ralph Vaughan Williams : Les 9 Symphonies box

Ralph Vaughan Williams : Les 9 Symphonies box:at our store, we stock over 2000 models, so if you see the manufacturer, but not the model, don't be shy - give us a call and we will be happy to check! With the possible exceptions of Sir John Barbirolli's justly lauded 1962 reading of the 5th Symphony, or the late Sir Richard Hickox' rendition of the 4th on Chandos, there are probably no more authentic or authoritative performances of Vaughan Williams' symphonies than these, recorded by Sir Adrian Boult for EMI with the London Philharmonic and New Philharmonia orchestras between 1967 and 1971.It's a great shame that neither Barbirolli nor Hickox got around to recording a complete RVW symphonic cycle during their busy lifetimes; in which case this set might have had some genuine competition. The well-known and often-re-issued cycles by Vernon Handley (EMI), Bryden Thomson (Chandos), Bernard Haitink (EMI), Andre Previn, and Leonard Slatkin (both for RCA) are all competent, offering some interesting insights into the music, but none of them rise to the rarefied heights so decisively commanded by Boult, especially when one considers the improved sound in this new transfer. I was particularly disappointed by the superannuated sonics on EMI's recent 30-disc "Vaughan Williams Collector's Edition," featuring--somewhat mystifyingly--yet another issue of the Handley cycle; a disappointment which greatly influenced my decision to purchase this latest packaging of the Boult performances. In retrospect, I'm glad I did.Boult's cycle has never been out of circulation since it first appeared. I remember collecting some of these performances on Angel (EMI-USA) LPs back in the mid-70s; the sound being fairly muffled and poorly defined, due in part to the sub-par pressings so common back then. I found better pressings and sound on His Master's Voice (EMI-UK) import LPs a decade later, and was able to more fully appreciate the scope and power of these interpretations. First in 1986, and again in 1991, EMI re-issued the cycle on a series of separate CDs as well as at least two subsequent complete box sets. As originally issued, those re-masterings fell somewhat short of the mark in my opinion, failing to take full advantage of the broader dynamic levels afforded by the new digital technology. In this regard, the first CD issues in no way superceded the 80s-vintage HMV LPs.While this new set from 2011 relies on the same re-masterings from the late 80s and early 90s, the quality of the transfers is greatly improved. The sound that was excellent in 1986 is now nothing short of magnificent; wide-open, richly detailed, full and clear with nothing coming between the music and the listener. And this truly is great music, from a great interpreter who was as close to the musical mind of the composer as anyone before or since. Boult's reading of the choral "Sea Symphony" (#1) is taut, stirring and vividly paced; his "London Symphony" (#2) is a revelation of detail, and probably the finest interpretation of that most famous example of English impressionism ever to be recorded; the gentle "Pastorale" (#3), the noble, stirring 5th; the acerbic 4th and 6th; the wry and rollicking 8th, the autumnal 9th, and the extended cinematic tone-poem of the 7th are all brought to glorious life on these recordings; sheer, unalloyed pleasure.This set is recommended with no reservation whatsoever.max 69% off,new york mall,super-cheapRalph Vaughan Williams : Les 9 Symphonies box