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Latest News: Classical, Vaughan Williams (composer)

 Recording of the Week, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla: The British Project

by James Longstaffe

The Lithuanian conductor and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra present evocative and dramatic accounts of four works by Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Britten, and Walton.

 Interview, Antonio Pappano on Vaughan Williams and Strauss

by David Smith

The conductor discusses his recent recordings of Vaughan Williams symphonies and Strauss orchestral works, his recent appointment at the LSO, and the ongoing impact of lockdowns on musical life.

 Recording of the Week, Vaughan Williams from Antonio Pappano and the London Symphony Orchestra

by David Smith

Pappano takes on perhaps Vaughan Williams's two most challenging symphonies, in live recordings given a heightened emotional intensity by the circumstances of their performance.

 Interview, Vaughan Williams's folksong arrangements

by David Smith

Baritone Roderick Williams, pianist William Vann, and researcher John Francis discuss the first instalment in a new series of recordings, featuring previously unheard folksong arrangements by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

 Recording of the Week, Vaughan Williams Symphonies from Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra

by David Smith

Martyn Brabbins continues his Vaughan Williams cycle with the sharply-contrasted Third and Fourth symphonies, as well as the première of a newly-restored work for tenor, chorus and orchestra.

 Interview, Vaughan Williams's The Song of Love

by David Smith

David talks to mezzo-soprano Kitty Whately, pianist William Vann and Albion Records' John Francis about their recently-released album of songs and duets by Vaughan Williams, including a number of works never recorded before.

 Interview, Andrew Manze on Vaughan Williams

by David Smith

The conductor talks to David about his recently-concluded series of Vaughan Williams symphonies with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on Onyx, and the postscript to the cycle which will be released in October...

 Recording of the Week, The final instalment of Andrew Manze's Vaughan Williams cycle with the Liverpool Philharmonic

by David Smith

Andrew Manze and the Liverpool Philharmonic round off their Vaughan Williams series with vivid accounts of the majestic seventh and pensive ninth symphonies.

 Interview, William Vann on A Vaughan Williams Christmas

by David Smith

William Vann talks to David about a new album recorded by the Chapel Choir of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, devoted entirely to Christmas works by Vaughan Williams and featuring a number of world-première recordings.

 Recording of the Week, Andrew Davis concludes Chandos's cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies

by James Longstaffe

James listens to the final instalment in a cycle begun by the great Richard Hickox - Vaughan Williams' evocative Sinfonia Antartica, with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.

 Recording of the Week, Andrew Davis continues Chandos's cycle of Vaughan Williams symphonies

by David Smith

David enjoys Andrew Davis' account of Vaughan Williams' most mysterious symphony, and the Biblical ballet Job, with the Bergen Philharmonic.

 Recording of the Week, Andrew Manze begins a cycle of symphonies by Vaughan Williams

by David Smith

David enjoys Andrew Manze's interpretations of Vaughan Williams' Second and Eighth Symphonies.

 Recording of the Week, Mark Elder conducts Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony

by David Smith

David listens to Mark Elder's new account of Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony, with Roderick Williams, Katherine Broderick and the Hallé.

 Favourites, Ralph Vaughan Williams

by David Smith

David picks out some top recordings of the works of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

 Recording of the Week, Vaughan Williams from the Hallé and Mark Elder

by James Longstaffe

Following a splendid London Symphony last year, Elder and his Manchester orchestra continue a cycle which is shaping up to be one of the finest modern sets on disc with magnificent accounts of the Fifth and Eighth symphonies, with the Hallé’s horns emerging as first among equals.

 Recording of the Week, Vaughan Williams’s The Garden of Proserpine

by Chris O'Reilly

Paul Daniel and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra make a splendid case for Vaughan Williams’s early setting of poetry by Algernon Charles Swinburne for solo soprano, chorus and orchestra, coupled with In the Fen Country.