Browse: Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 6 in E minor
This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 6 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).
In the 1940s Vaughan Williams began composing film music: he discovered that it had a liberating effect on him, causing him to find more possibilities for his orchestral music.
His Sixth Symphony, first performed in 1948, was a reflection of his renewed musical explorations, and caused a sensation: it was eventually performed more than 100 times in its first year.
As with the Fourth Symphony, critics and commentators saw it as a reflection of the world war that had shortly preceded it; and again, Vaughan Williams denied this.
Yet with the conflict throughout the symphony, both in terms of its harmonic language and the musical juxtaposition of rich melody, ferocious drama and elegiac laments, it seemed natural that audiences fresh from their wartime experiences would recognise this work as reflective of a deep spiritual struggle.
Ian Bostridge (tenor), Sarah Chang (violin)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink
This set presents RVW in a slightly heretical way that will appeal to those whose RVW tastes have become jaded or for those who have, for whatever reason, been put off by the mainstream cycles.... — More…
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze
Manze earns himself a large plus-point for taking the Fifth Symphony’s Scherzo second movement closer to Vaughan Williams’s ‘Presto’ tempo marking than usually happens…the music’s quicksilver... — More…
Roderick Williams (baritone)
London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox
The ending is quietly riveting - not just because it's so beautifully played, but because of the feeling it conveys that this extraordinary musical journey is coming to an end. — More…
Tasmin Little (Violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Davis
Sir Andrew lives and breathes this music as to the manner born and takes his beloved BBC SO on a moving journey from shadowy darkness to blazing light. With sumptuous sound (and at a bargain... — More…
Joan Rodgers (soprano) & Christopher Maltman (baritone), Paul Silverthorne (viola), Lynda Russell (soprano)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Ladies of the Bournemouth Symphony Chorus & Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Paul Daniel, Kees Bakels
Sea Symphony: Amanda Roocroft (soprano) & Thomas Hampson (baritone); Sinfonia Antartica: Patricia Rozario (soprano), Glen Martin (saxophone), Tasmin Little (violin)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Andrew Davis
Davis has the key to this symphony’s combination of mystery, menace and qualified optimism. — More…