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Browse: Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 5 in D major
This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).
Some of the themes of Vaughan Williams’ Fifth Symphony had originally been composed as part of his opera, The Pilgrim’s Progress; but in 1938 it seemed to him as though the opera would never be completed, and so the themes became incorporated into the symphony.
Although the work is dedicated to Sibelius, there is little in the music which suggests the Finnish composer’s music: Michael Kennedy writes that, although the music epitomises what might be called 'the Englishness of English music', the attentive listener to the scoring will not fail to notice the influence of Ravel, with whom Vaughan Williams studied in 1908.
The slow movement is closest in style to the eventually completed Pilgrim’s Progress, and the work as a whole is a move away from the dissonance of the previous Fourth Symphony back to the more romantic style of the Pastoral Symphony.
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…
Michael Collins (clarinet), Philharmonia Orchestra
Renee Flynn and Roy Henderson
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vaughan Williams
…the fervour, radiant warmth and sense of the symphony as a great journey - a 'passionate pilgrimage' - make this a uniquely compelling experience. …Dona Nobis Pacem ('Grant us peace'), It's... — More…
Carys Lane (soprano)
London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox Singers, Richard Hickox
This is an exceptionally powerful yet deeply moving account of the Fifth. Aided by glowing, wide-ranging engineering, Hickox's is an urgently communicative reading. The first and third movements... — 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…
and works by Christopher Wright
Fenella Humphreys (violin), Christopher Watson (tenor)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Wright's idiom - both listener-friendly and superbly skilled, with never a wasted note - has no problems sustaining a 35-minute design. Violinist Fenella Humphreys responds to its elegiac reflection... — More…
Peter Pears (tenor)