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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.
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins
This is a really good performance [of the Pastoral]. On one level Martyn Brabbins is superbly alert to the intricacies of the musical texture. After on hearing I got the score and listened again... — More…
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze
Andrew Manze’s approach, at once equable and gently intense, produces fine results in the first movement [of the Third]…[he] keeps a tight rein on all the eruptive orchestral happenings [of the... — More…
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)
Paul Silverthorne (viola)
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Paul Daniel
Paul Daniel leads the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra in a vivid account of this sometimes jarring work, complemented by the excellent viola playing of Paul Silverthorne in Flos campi. — More…