Browse: Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 4 in F minor
This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 4 in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).
The Fourth Symphony marks a significant change of Vaughan Williams’ style from the preceding symphonies, with a harsher and more dissonant harmonic style. This new style does not detract from an overall boisterous and tempestuous mood.
As the symphony was completed in 1934, some commentators interpreted it as a reflection of an increasingly dangerous international situation, an interpretation which Vaughan Williams vigorously refuted.
It has been said that the symphony even contains elements of self-portraiture, with Vaughan Williams’ “outbursts of temper… his gusty humour and ribaldry” appearing between the formal processes and orchestral discords that he was experimenting with.
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…
Peter Pears (tenor)
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…