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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4 / Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 / Flos Campi


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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 4 / Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 / Flos Campi

The Fourth Symphony is one of Vaughan Williams’ most dissonant symphonies, and yet one of his most frequently-performed works. Vaughan Williams is normally thought of as a ‘pastoral’ composer – modal, melodic, and inspired by folk-song – but this symphony marks a high-point for British modernism. William Walton, at that time having troubles completing his own symphony and having been to the rehearsals of Vaughan Williams’s 4th, reported glumly to a friend, ‘You are about to hear the greatest symphony since Beethoven’. In contrast Flos Campi conjures delicate pastoral images with wonderfully atmospheric music ranging from a first section, depicting the poet languishing for love, to life-affirming ecstasy in the finale.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

  Symphony No. 4 in F Minor
1.   I. Allegro 00:08:30
2.   II. Andante moderato 00:10:10
3.   III. Scherzo: Allegro molto 00:05:05
4.   IV. Finale con epilogo fugato: Allegro molto 00:08:25
  Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 in E Minor
5.   Norfolk Rhapsody No. 1 in E Minor 00:10:14
  Flos campi
6.   I. Sicut Lilium inter spinas (As the lily among thorns) 00:02:31
7.   II. Jam enim hiems transiit (For, lo, the winter is past) 00:03:07
8.   III. Quaesivi quem diligit anima mea (I sought him whom my soul loveth) 00:02:56
9.   IV. En lectulum Salomonis sexaginta fortes ambiunt… (Behold his bed, which is Solomon's) 00:01:45
10.   V. Revertere, revertere Sulamitis! (Return, return, O Shulamite) 00:03:20
11.   VI. Pone me ut signaculum super cor tuum (Set me as a seal upon thine heart) 00:06:31

Total Playing Time: 01:02:34

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Daniel, Paul

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

Bournemouth Symphony Chorus

Green, Stuart; Silverthorne, Paul

Label: Naxos

Genre: Orchestral

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557276

Barcode: 0747313227624

Boxset: 8.506017

Physical Release: 10/2004

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