Recommend me the definitive Vaughan Williams 5th recording please.

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Recommend me the definitive Vaughan Williams 5th recording please.

Im a member of the BBC Concert Orchestra and two years ago toured this beautiful piece of music around the east coast of the states,we performed it again on Wednesday at Cadogan Hall, with Barry Wordsworth and it rekindled my love for it......can someone out there point me in the right direction regarding toward the best recording(in their opinion obviously!!)

      Thanks in advance

RE: Recommend Vaughan Williams 5th recording please.

Of those I know (and there are many I haven't heard) it's a toss-up between Previn/LSO and Handley/Liverpool Phil, Previn slightly more wallowy, Handley a touch tighter, both views work superbly.

RE: Recommend Vaughan Williams 5th recording please.

Thanks for that,i think wallowy could be good!

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I'd be happy with either of the recommendations above (the Handley with the benefit of more modern sound). The LSO/Hickox on Chandos is lovely, too, and I like the LPO/Haitink reading on EMI (the work's architecture strongly and patiently emphasised in that reading). And a special word for VW himself conducting the LPO at the 1952 Proms on Somm.

John

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Yes Handley - his boxed set of the symphonies with many VW extras used to be available at an ultra bargain price and all first class. Otherwise Boult: stereo on EMI or earlier mono on Decca.

Fri 7th December 2012

Not all of Haitink's V-W performances are equally successful, but his 5th stands out as one of the best in the cycle.
A safe choice would be Boult. You can't come any closer to the composer than through Boult's performances.

RE: Fri 7th December 2012

I'm rather hoping the triptych of the 4th, 5th and 6th Symphonies given by the BBC Scottish Symphony under Andrew Manze at this year's Proms might be released by someone (2 discs for the price of 1, please!). Urgent, flowing performances - and fascinating to hear the 5th in the context of its 'neighbours'.

Edward Seckerson's review of the concert I thought characteristically good and perceptive:
http://www.edwardseckerson.biz/reviews/prom-46-bbc-scottish-symphony-orc...

John

RE: Fri 7th December 2012

John Gardiner wrote:
I'm rather hoping the triptych of the 4th, 5th and 6th Symphonies given by the BBC Scottish Symphony under Andrew Manze at this year's Proms might be released by someone (2 discs for the price of 1, please!). Urgent, flowing performances - and fascinating to hear the 5th in the context of its 'neighbours'.

Edward Seckerson's review of the concert I thought characteristically good and perceptive:
http://www.edwardseckerson.biz/reviews/prom-46-bbc-scottish-symphony-orc...

Amen to that! I thought that those performances were magnificent.

The Previn/LSO is my current favourite although I also like the slightly brisker pace of Hickox with the LSO on Chandos.

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Hickox on Chandos is good enough with an exemplary sound. Haitink (on EMI) has passion and good sound too. Previn (on EMI) too seems to be in the core of the work, in a still very fine sound.

For more compromised sound, Boult is the safer choice I trust. Handley should be O.K. too, but I don't have his recording.

Parla

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A lovely symphony.Don't know if released on CD,but would be very surprised if it has not,Barbirolli with the Philharmonia are marvelous in this work,with great EMI sound.

Boult made an earlier Decca mono recording(definitely on CD) which I prefer to the stereo EMI.

RE: Recommend me the definitive Vaughan Williams 5th

For me, the definitive recording is Hickox on Chandos. It has everything: Feeling, depth and musicality. (And sound)

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