A London Symphony

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Soloists, Martyn Brabbins - Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony & Other Works (2017)

Ralph Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony; Sound Sleep;
Orpheus With His Lute; Variations for brass band (2017)
Elizabeth Watts (soprano); Mary Bevan (soprano); Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano)
Royal College of Music Brass Band; BBC Symphony Orchestra; Martyn Brabbins, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 258 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 169 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | # CDA68190 | Time: 01:12:25

Ralph Vaughan Williams' A London Symphony, otherwise known as the Symphony No. 2 in G major, was composed between 1911 and 1913, and premiered in 1914. After the score was lost in the mail, reconstructed from the short score and orchestral parts, and revised twice, the symphony was published at last in 1920, though it was ultimately replaced by the definitive version in 1936, with cuts to the about 20 minutes of the original material. This recording by Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra presents the 1920 version, along with three short works, Sound sleep for female voices and small orchestra, Orpheus with his lute for voice and orchestra, and the Variations for brass band. The filler pieces are delightful rarities that Vaughan Williams specialists will find of some interest, though most listeners will prize this recording for the energetic and colorful performance of the symphony, which is one of the composer's most vivid and satisfying works.
BBC Symphony Orchestra,‎ Martyn Brabbins - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (2017)

BBC Symphony Orchestra,‎ Martyn Brabbins - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (2017)
Classical, Vocal | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 257 MB
Label: Hyperion | Tracks: 07 | Time: 72:21 min

Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony (the composer’s favourite of the nine) makes a rare appearance in its 1920 first publication. Three lesser-known works complete a highly desirable programme, while Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra understand how this music should be played like few others. This is mandatory listening.
BBC Symphony Orchestra,‎ Martyn Brabbins - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

BBC Symphony Orchestra,‎ Martyn Brabbins - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 72:21 minutes | 1.18 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Vaughan Williams’s London Symphony (the composer’s favourite of the nine) makes a rare appearance in its 1920 first publication. Three lesser-known works complete a highly desirable programme, while Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra understand how this music should be played like few others. This is mandatory listening.
London Symphony Orchestra & Richard Hickox - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (2001) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

London Symphony Orchestra & Richard Hickox - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony (2001)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 67:44 minutes | 1.26 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

The Idyll, The Banks of Green Willow, by George Butterworth, was composed in 1913, the same year Vaughan Williams completed his A London Symphony. It is a sensuous work, which incorporates two folk songs Butterworth had collected in 1907.
Andrew Manze - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, Symphony No.8 (2016)

Andrew Manze - Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, Symphony No.8 (2016)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:15:28 | 173 MB
Label: Onyx Classics

Andrew Manze has established himself as one of the leading interpreters of Vaughan Williams Symphonies. His 2012 BBC Proms performances drew critical acclaim, and were highlights of that season's Proms. ONYX Classics will release one volume a year, completing the cycle in the spring of 2019 with Symphonies 7 and 9. It was Vaughan Williams's friend and fellow composer George Butterworth who in 1912 suggested he write a purely orchestral symphony.
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony" - Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, "A London Symphony" - Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra
XLD | Apple Lossless (.m4a-tracks) | No Log/cue-sheet | Coverart Embedded & High-def JPEG | ~233 Mb
London Symphony Orchestra & Valery Gergiev - Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 - Symphonic Dances (2018) [24-96]

London Symphony Orchestra & Valery Gergiev - Rachmaninov: Symphonies Nos. 1-3 - Symphonic Dances (2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 214:51 minutes | 4.13 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

This highly anticipated album-set brings together Valery Gergiev's acclaimed cycle of the complete Rachmaninov symphonies. He leads the London Symphony Orchestra in performances recorded between 2008 and 2015. These masterful accounts are accompanied by his Symphonic Dances and and two symphonic poems by Mily Balakirev that echo the luxurious textures present throughout Rachmaninov's music.
Yodani Butt, London Symphony Orchestra & Yondani Butt - Wagner: Orchestral Highlights (2018)

Yodani Butt, London Symphony Orchestra & Yondani Butt - Wagner: Orchestral Highlights (2018)
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & front cover | 357 MB
Label: Wyastone Estate Limited | Tracks: 08 | Time: 92:15 min

If you're one of those classical enthusiasts who prefer their Wagner experience to be administered in brief but nonetheless memorable doses this splendid new Nimbus collection could well have been conceived specifically with you in mind. Conductor Yondani Butt and the LSO serve up commanding performances of some of the most evocative and instantly recognisable orchestral passages in the Wagner canon, including 'Magic Flute Music', Siegfried's 'Rhine Journey' and the CDs show stopping finale, 'Ride of the Valkyries'.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Manze - Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony & Symphony No.4 (2017) [24/96]

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Andrew Manze - Vaughan Williams: A Pastoral Symphony & Symphony No.4 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 68:41 minutes | 1.10 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Andrew Manze’s interpretations of Vaughan Williams’ Symphonies have met with acclaim from audiences and critics alike. This second volume in the cycle from the RLPO and Andrew Manze feature Nos 3 & 4: two works heavily influenced by the Great War and its aftermath. A repressed seething rage and sorrow at the futility of the war pervades No.3, "It is really wartime music - a great deal of it originated when I used to go up night after night in the ambulance wagon at Ecoivres" said the composer.
Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013) [24/96]

Bach Choir, London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra & Benjamin Britten - Britten: War Requiem (1963/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 81:12 minutes | 1.63 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

“DECCA has used the most recent digital and Cedar technology to improve the original sound, under the overall supervision of veteran technician James Lock. This is one of the great performances of recording history.” Over half a century has passed since this classic DECCA recording was made in Kingsway Hall, London in January 1963. While the performance remains a benchmark, time has left the original analogue master tapes more fragile than ever.