Browse: Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 3 'A Pastoral Symphony'
This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 3 'A Pastoral Symphony' by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).
Vaughan Williams’ third symphony is not ‘pastoral’ in the same sense as Beethoven’s Sixth; it is instead an encapsulation of his experiences in the First World War, when he served in the ambulance unit.
However the work is not full of military marches and martial drums, but instead looks beyond the war to a more contemplative and transcendent kind of elegy.
The emotional core of the symphony is its third movement, the climax of which, according to Michael Kennedy, seems to represent the composer’s reaction to the loss of his friends before and during the war.
The last movement begins and ends with a wordless song by a solo soprano, leading the music up to an other-worldly plane.
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)
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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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…
Sheila Armstrong (soprano), John Carol Case (baritone), Margaret Price (soprano), Norma Burrowes (soprano), Hugh Bean (violin), Susan Longfield, Marie Hayward (soprano), Alfreda Hodgson, Shirley Minty, Meriel Dickinson (contralto), Wynford Evans, Kenneth Bowen (tenor), Richard Angas, John Noble &...
It seems superfluous to recommend this box. It contains around 17 hours of Boult’s VW. Many of these recordings are amongst the very best you will hear. Above it, the box offers a concentrated... — More…
Vaughan Williams: Pastoral Symphony (Symphony No. 3), IRV. 57 & Concerto for Bass Tuba and Orchestra in F Minor, IRV. 92
André Previn, Alexander Taylor (viola), Douglas Cummings (cello), Anthony Camden (english horn), John Georgiadis (violin), Anthony Halstead (horn), Heather Harper (soprano), William Bennett (flute), Roger Lord (oboe), Gervaise de Peyer (clarinet), Osian Ellis (harp), John Fletcher (tuba)