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Vaughan Williams London Symphony (1920 Version) plus rarities on Hyperion


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« on: July 23, 2017, 08:13:50 pm »


November 2017.  See: http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/ym.asp?ym=2017_11

It will be interesting to see what the rarities are.

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2017, 10:07:51 pm »

November 2017.  See: http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/ym.asp?ym=2017_11

It will be interesting to see what the rarities are.
Indeed. Still hoping for a few premieres. Or the orchestral version of On Christmas Night.
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« Reply #2 on: July 24, 2017, 02:27:24 pm »

 From the Hyperion website: "One of the greatest symphonies written in the twentieth century (or indeed any other), the Vaughan Williams London Symphony may need no introduction, but the same cannot be said of the 1920 publication given here. This is its first modern recording, and comparisons with the final version are fascinating."
As if Martin Yates' recording of this version with the RSNO on Dutton CDLX 7322 from just a couple of years ago didn't exist. Tsk tsk, Hyperion!  Smiley
That aside, I'll be curious to hear what Brabbins makes of the work.
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2017, 11:40:44 pm »

Can you just remind me how the 1920 version differs from the 1913 version and the later (1930s? version).
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2017, 02:14:14 am »

The 1920 version is much closer to the final revision than to the original 1913 version, but the slow movement and the epilogue has some extra music that VW would eventually prune. In the slow movt.'s case, it's music that's only to be found in the 1920 version.
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« Reply #5 on: July 25, 2017, 05:49:56 am »

Looks like I better buy it then  Grin
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2017, 11:28:48 pm »


The Symphony can be heard for the next couple of weeks on BBC Radio 3 - Afternoon on 3 via the BBC iPlayer.  See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08xcw8j

It seems that performances to be included in new Hyperion CDs, recorded with the BBC Symphony Orchestra or the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, may get their first outing on the above-mentioned program.  Coke's Piano Concerto No.4 (due to be released in November) was broadcast in April and Chisholm's Dance Suite for Orchestra and Piano (due to be released in September) was broadcast in May (I missed this).

So if you want to hear Martyn Brabbin's version (and compare it to Martin Yates' version if you know this) there is an opportunity to do so prior to November.
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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2017, 11:45:50 pm »


I am guessing that one of the rarities on the November Hyperion CD may be Orpheus with his Lute in an orchestral version.  My guess is based on: https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/tracks/n4xzmp   and    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08xcw0q/segments
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« Reply #8 on: July 29, 2017, 09:55:45 pm »

The 1920 version is much closer to the final revision than to the original 1913 version, but the slow movement and the epilogue has some extra music that VW would eventually prune. In the slow movt.'s case, it's music that's only to be found in the 1920 version.
Am playing it now, in the Dutton version: Martin Yates conducting the Royal Scots. Never realized before that RVW composed some new music for the Lento of this 1920 version (when he could finally take up composing again after his extended war service, polishing The Lark Ascending into something even more idyllic as a monument of a forlorn world and finishing the Pastoral as his personal 'War Requiem'). Many thanks!
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2017, 12:35:54 pm »


I am guessing that one of the rarities on the November Hyperion CD may be Orpheus with his Lute in an orchestral version.  My guess is based on: https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/tracks/n4xzmp   and    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08xcw0q/segments
Does anybody know if this orchestral version is by RVW himself? Have never seen it before.
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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2017, 10:31:10 pm »

I listened to the Brabbins 1920 London Symphony today on Radio 3. I think it's an excellent performance and when it comes out on CD will be a classic I'm sure.
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2017, 11:54:09 am »


Musical extracts now available and digital booklet downloadable from: http://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68190
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« Reply #12 on: August 09, 2017, 12:00:26 pm »


I am guessing that one of the rarities on the November Hyperion CD may be Orpheus with his Lute in an orchestral version.  My guess is based on: https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/tracks/n4xzmp   and    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08xcw0q/segments
Does anybody know if this orchestral version is by RVW himself? Have never seen it before.

The booklet implies the orchestration is by Vaughan Williams himself.
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