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Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 4 / Mass in G Minor / Six Choral Songs


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listen  1. Symphony No. 4 in F minor: I. Allegro - Meno mosso - Largamente - Lento 8:07Album Only
listen  2. Symphony No. 4 in F minor: II. Andante moderato - Tranquillo10:13Album Only
listen  3. Symphony No. 4 in F minor: III. Scherzo: Allegro molto - 5:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Symphony No. 4 in F minor: IV. Finale con Epilogo Fugato: Allegro molto - Lento [non troppo] - Tempo I - Con anima - Meno mosso 8:28Album Only
listen  5. Mass in G minor: Kyrie 4:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mass in G minor: Gloria 4:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Mass in G minor: Credo 6:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Mass in G minor: Sanctus 2:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Mass in G minor: Benedictus 2:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Mass in G minor: Agnus Dei 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. 6 Choral Songs (to be sung in Time of War): No. 1. A Song of Courage 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. 6 Choral Songs (to be sung in Time of War): No. 2. A Song of Liberty 1:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. 6 Choral Songs (to be sung in Time of War): No. 3. A Song of Healing 1:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. 6 Choral Songs (to be sung in Time of War): No. 4. A Song of Victory 1:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. 6 Choral Songs (to be sung in Time of War): No. 5. A Song of Pity, Peace and Love 2:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. 6 Choral Songs (to be sung in Time of War): No. 6. A Song of the New Age 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Performer: London Symphony Chorus, Richard Hickox Singers
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (May 21, 2002)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chandos
  • ASIN: B0000640BK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,363 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This 24 bit, PCM, 96 khz recording sounds wonderful.
P. SIMPSON
I don't know this symphony well and have as yet no basis for comparison, but this struck me as an impressive performance, recorded in really good sound.
Stanley Crowe
Hickox achieves perfect balance within and throughout the work and brings added cohesion.
Dr. Debra Jan Bibel

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By P. SIMPSON on August 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
AT LAST!! A near-definitive RVW 4th, in wonderful sound.
First, the performance. It's wonderful, to my ears the best since RVW's own some 70 years ago, but in rather better sound (!!). It's driven, tense, urgent, magnetic, mesmerizing, angry, powerful, searing, gut wrenching (literally) and disturbing. For the first time since you could first apprehend its power in RVW's and Mitropoulis recordings, this fourth comes across as being as motorific as Prokofiev, as visionary as Nielsen and as angry as Shostakovich, but adding the two qualities RVW's great teacher, Parry enjoined him to display, the temperament of an englishman and a democrat. The result is that the fourth finally takes its rightful place as a great 20th century symphony rather than a "fine" `or an "interesting" one. This is what RVW meant!!
I have owned the Mitropoulis, Previn and Handley recordings and heard the RVW, Boult and Thomson. I found Mitropoulis energetic and compelling, Handley a little light-on, to be honest (certainly compared to his marvellous 3rd and 5th), the Boult and Previn fine but ultimately unconvincing and the Thomson close to the best but a little rough. But this, ---- this is complete!!
The LSO plays brilliantly for Hickox, who gets more out of them in this piece than other fine conductors. Despite my words about energy, the LSO and Hickox also bring a subtlety to this recording which enhances the stature of both symphony and performance. Hear the "chill and eeriness" (to quote the Penguin guide yearbook) in the second movement and you'll get a taste for the range of their achievement here. And everywhere, even in the midst of the anger and passion, are the great tunes VW couldn't help but write, all played sublimely.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 2, 2009
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Having recently heard the San Francisco Symphony perform this symphony and realizing that I did not have it in my collection, I chose this Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra recording for its high quality engineering and additional choral compositions. I was not disappointed. Symphony 4 has been compared in structure and its shock-and-awe effect with Beethoven's Symphony 5: after Vaughan Williams' lyrical and majestic Sea, London, and Pastoral Symphonies, this composition was strikingly complex and brazen. An orchestra can easily go awry with over and under emphases of sections. Hickox achieves perfect balance within and throughout the work and brings added cohesion. SFO was good, but this recording of the LSO is great. Moreover, the sound was crystal clear and the SACD surround sound was well balanced, although I felt the orchestra a little too distant for my taste. I especially enjoyed the bonus of the mass, with one foot in the Renaissance, and six brief but lovely songs, the latter based on poems of Shelly. If you have never heard this symphony and are familiar with Vaughan Williams mainly from his gentle Lark and London Symphony, discover his other side with this excellent album.
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the lead reviewer has a passionate liking for Hickox's "nearly definitive" recording of the vaughan Williams fourth. But he has left out the previous champ, probably because it is so long out of print, Leonard Bernstein's stupendous 1965 account with the New YOrk Phil., last seen on Sony's Royal Edition release (it is still readily available at amazon Marketplace, although the price is a bit steep). I was inspired to compare the two, and I think the Bernstein remains a clear winner - its animal energy, even ferocity in the first movement, with block chords crashing down on us like granite boulders, creates terror in a way that Hickox's version, although powerful, doesn't. that perhaps is the deciding factor, because in the remaining three movements Hickox benefits from the marvelous clarity and detail of Chandos's recorded sound and the unquestioned commitment of the London Symphony.

In VW's output, there is no reflection of twentieth-century horrors to match his Fourth Sym., even though he expressly said - as did NIelsen of his fifth Sym., with its shattering depiction of chaotic artillery fire - that he was directly commenting on the Great War. Similar denials were issued when the Vaughan williams Sixth reminded listeners of the Blitz. But sometimes audiences have a right to participate in a work of art and magnify it (as Italian patriots did when they adopted Verid's chorus of prisoners in Nabucco, "Va pensiero," as a rallying cry). Bernstein plunges into the Fourth as if into battle, and for his part, so does HIckox, far more so than Boult or any other English predecessor that I've ever herd. the composer's famous mono recording sets this savage tone, but he also favored a fast tempo, where Bernstein's deliberate pace gives the music crushing weight.
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I don't know this symphony well and have as yet no basis for comparison, but this struck me as an impressive performance, recorded in really good sound. The dissonant, grinding opening comes through forcefully, and the woodwind and brass of the LSO are absolutely splendid throughout. The atmosphere of this symphony couldn't be more different from the very quiet "Pastoral" Third Symphony, and it strikes me as more positive in expression than the Sibelian-sounding Fifth, and considering these three, it really is quite amazing how distinctive Vaughan Williams's symphonies are. The slow movement here is beautifully done, rising to a climax in the middle that recapitulates the dissonance of the opening movement, but then dying away towards the end with a stark solo flute melody. The scherzo is elephantine -- heavy brass, heavy accents -- but it leads into a creepy little transition passage reminiscent of the similar moment in Beethoven's Fifth where the scherzo segues into the finale. The finale itself is vivid and assertive, like Beethoven's, but a bit more dissonant. The ending is splendidly abrupt. Finally -- and this after trying Shostakovich's Seventh -- the movements aren't too long. The whole thing runs for just a little more than the length of the first movement of the Shostakovich Seventh, and musical ideas abound and are handled deftly and efficiently.

As for the couplings here, the Mass sounded good to me, though one reviewer, who clearly knows more about choral music than I do, had some serious reservations. The Choral songs I found well-done but not very interesting -- the six of them total 12 minutes. The final one, a setting of part of the last chorus from Shelley's "Hellas," has a lovely moment in the middle, at those lines where a newer better Hellas is envisioned. But the disc overall is worth it for the Fourth, I think.
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