Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4; Flos Campi

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
The F minor may well be Ralph Vaughan Williams' most dissonant work. But, let's face it, how dissonant is that? Vaughan Williams was no Berg or Bartók and, even at his most dissonant, he's still not all that dissonant. Because no matter how dissonant Vaughan Williams gets, he's never without his trusty key signature as a guide. So no matter how aggressive most of the earlier recordings of the F minor got, they always seem to be overstating their case, as if the angrier Vaughan Williams gets, the better Vaughan Williams gets. In this recording of the F minor with the Bournemouth Symphony, Paul Daniel doesn't overstate the case for anger, but he doesn't understate it, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
The F minor may well be Ralph Vaughan Williams' most dissonant work. But, let's face it, how dissonant is that? Vaughan Williams was no Berg or Bartók and, even at his most dissonant, he's still not all that dissonant. Because no matter how dissonant Vaughan Williams gets, he's never without his trusty key signature as a guide. So no matter how aggressive most of the earlier recordings of the F minor got, they always seem to be overstating their case, as if the angrier Vaughan Williams gets, the better Vaughan Williams gets. In this recording of the F minor with the Bournemouth Symphony, Paul Daniel doesn't overstate the case for anger, but he doesn't understate it, either. The first movement's famous opening harmonic clash is as ferocious as ever, but the coda is more serene and sublime. The following slow and scherzo movement are as malevolent as ever, but the finale's blasting fugato is balanced by a transcendent and transforming central span. Daniel's control of the Bournemouth is complete, but he allows the soloists room to breathe and sing. Altogether, Daniel's F minor has its regulation amount of dissonance, it does not have more than its fair share and the work is the better for it. The "Norfolk Rhapsody" and "Flos Campi Suite" that follow the F minor are rambunctious and voluptuous and just as successful as the "Symphony." Naxos' sound is strong, rich, and immediate.
Gramophone - Edward Greenfield
[December 2004 CD of the Month] The power of the Fourth Symphony is vividly presented, thanks to fine playing by the Bournemouth orchestra under Paul Daniel and a sharply focused recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/18/2005
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313227624
  • Catalog Number: 8557276
  • Sales rank: 151,604

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Symphony No. 4 in F minor - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Paul Daniel (32:18)
  2. 2 Norfolk Rhapsody for orchestra No. 1 in E minor - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Paul Daniel (10:08)
  3. 6–11 Flos Campi, suite for viola, small chorus & small orchestra - Ralph Vaughan Williams & Bournemouth Symphony Chorus (20:01)
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