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 & Sir Colin Davis - Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 (2003/2018) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Colin Davis - Holst: The Planets, Op. 32 (2003/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 49:43 minutes | 860 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Front Cover

The Planets became one of the most popular and widely recognised musical works of the 20th century. Holst himself conducted the LSO in two early recordings of his masterpiece. Sir Colin Davis's blazing performance, recorded over three evenings in June 2002, promises to be one of the classical releases of the year.
London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Eugene Goossens - In Memoriam - The Greatness of Goossens (1962/2018) [24/192]

London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Eugene Goossens - In Memoriam - The Greatness of Goossens (1962/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 79:01 minutes | 2.52 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Few works in the entire literature of orchestral music can match Scheherazade for brilliance, appeal or vividness of instrumental coloring. But then, few composers have possessed the wizardry to orchestrate music as did Rimsky-Korsakov. And until now, it has been difficult to reproduce the full spectrum of the composer’s palette on records. Thanks to Everest’s advanced recording techniques on 35 mm magnetic film, every subtle oriental shading, every overtone of this sumptuous symphonic suite can be enjoyed with startling realism in the home. …
London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Eugene Goossens - Respighi: Feste Romane (1962/2018) [Official Digital Download 24/192]

London Symphony Orchestra & Sir Eugene Goossens - Respighi: Feste Romane (1962/2018)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/192 kHz | Time - 24:11 minutes | 858 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital Booklet

Since we were on the subject of Everest and Sir Eugene Goosens, I wanted to bring another early Everest recording to your attention. This was Everest's forth release from 1958, and like it's Corroborree by the same forces, it is a sonic spectacular. In fact the engineers were so pleased with the awesome dynamic range captured on the tape, that a highly unusual decision was made. Rather than limit the dynamics, as they would have to be compressed to fit on a single disc, it was decided to spread the work over three sides, allowing the earth shatteing dynamic range that was present on the master tape to be fully realized on disc. The Rachmaninoff "Symphonic Dances" was selected for Side Four, filling out this two record set. Recommended!
Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)

Richard Bonynge, London Symphony Orchestra, Joan Sutherland, Marilyn Horne - Bellini: Norma (2002)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 772 Mb | Total time: 62:17+30:43+69:10 | Scans included
Classical | Label: DECCA | # 470 413-2 | Recorded: 1964

I believe this is the only note-complete performance of this opera, and furthermore, the only one that is sung in all of the original keys (in almost every other recording "Casta diva" and the duets are transposed down). It is a spectacular example of bel canto. Recorded in 1964, Joan Sutherland was at her peak, exhibiting fearless, beautiful singing, thoroughly accurate in fiorature and breath control.