Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Size: 1.16 GB
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor:
01. I. Allegro
02. II. Andante moderato
03. III. Scherzo. Allegro molto
04. IV. Finale con epilogo fugato. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 6 in E Minor:
05. I. Allegro
06. II. Moderato
07. III. Scherzo. Allegro vivace
08. IV. Epilogue. Moderato
Sir Antonio Pappano leads the London Symphony Orchestra in a pair of symphonies by Ralph Vaughan Williams that span the build-up and aftermath of the Second World War.
Throughout the Fourth Symphony Vaughan Williams channels tension and power through the music inamongst moments of light and clarity. It evokes a sense of hardship and persistence, perhaps suggesting the ever-present threat of war in the 1930s.
Written in 1947, the composer’s Sixth Symphony also seems to reflect the hardships and devastation wrought by World War II. Melancholic in some movements, ferocious in others.