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This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony' by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).

Having made some sketches for a symphonic poem about London, Vaughan Williams was encouraged by George Butterworth to write a full symphony, and adapted these initial sketches into his London Symphony.

Vaughan Williams continued to revise the piece for many years, yet for all his changes it remained “the symphony he himself liked best of his nine”, as he told Sir John Barbirolli.

Although not strictly programmatic (Vaughan Williams suggested it would have been better titled “Symphony by a Londoner"), the work still depicts various London scenes, including the Westminster chimes, the street cries of flower sellers, and also some of the grimmer aspects of city life.

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Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Mary Bevan (soprano), Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal College of Music Brass Band, Martyn Brabbins

Brabbins conducts the [Symphony] with a sense of purposeful directness, likeably enhanced by the expressive warmth of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s response. More…

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The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture, Gennady Rozhdestvensky

This must count as one of the more surprising issues to have come my way – though a very welcome surprise...I never expected to hear Russian forces performing all nine works...it’s a cycle that... More…

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The Complete RCA and Columbia Album Collection

André Previn

The jewels for me are his Vaughan Williams symphony recordings with the LSO: benchmark performances, most of them, from a conductor utterly in tune with the composer’s typical combination of... More…

55 CDs

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Please note: This set weighs around 2.5kg, so we need to charge extra postage for delivery outside of the UK. Please contact us for further details.

Stéphane Rancourt (oboe)

Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

The throw themselves so fully into the texture and colour of the piece it becomes almost visual - captured are not only the hansom cabs, street-sellers' cries, Cockney mouth organs and accordions... More…

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Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kees Bakels

Bakels draws ravishing sounds from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, notably the strings…A thrilling experience…this is a performance to stimulate the ear. More…

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