Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6

Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra

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Tracklist

  • Symphony No. 4 in F Minor: I. Allegro

    Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra

    8:37

  • Symphony No. 4 in F Minor: II. Andante moderato

    Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra

    9:56

  • Symphony No. 4 in F Minor: III. Scherzo. Allegro molto

    Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra

    5:19

  • Symphony No. 4 in F Minor: IV. Finale con epilogo fugato. Allegro molto

    Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra

    8:45

  • Symphony No. 6 in E Minor: I. Allegro

    Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra

    7:39

  • Symphony No. 6 in E Minor: II. Moderato

    Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra

    9:50

  • Symphony No. 6 in E Minor: III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace

    Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra

    6:25

  • Symphony No. 6 in E Minor: IV. Epilogue. Moderato

    Antonio Pappano, London Symphony Orchestra

    11:32

  • Total playing time

    1:08:06

Album review

“The Symphony No. 4 in F minor and Symphony No. 6 in E minor of Ralph Vaughan Williams, framing World War II, are the darkest of the composer's nine and make a good if grim pairing. Programs have been suggested for both; the composer rejected them strenuously, but they catch the ways in which the music reflected its times. The finale of the Symphony No. 6, in particular, with its dissonant, all-pianissimo 12-minute journey, was taken to represent a post-nuclear-apocalyptic landscape. Whatever the case, it's a singular challenge for a conductor, and one that Antonio Pappano, in this live performance from the Barbican Centre in London, passes with flying colors; the momentum in this strange piece does not flag for a moment. Elsewhere, Pappano is likewise very strong, and this performance bodes well for his upcoming elevation to the music directorship of the London Symphony Orchestra. The finale of the Symphony No. 4 has a dramatic tension that reflects Pappano's operatic background, and the threatening three-note motif in the second movement of the Symphony No. 6 certainly seems to suggest something extramusical. A fine Vaughan Williams album whose ominous atmosphere reflects at least one real-world phenomenon: it was recorded just days before Britain's first coronavirus shut down in March of 2020.”

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Credits

    Released

    16 April 2021

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