London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano - Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 6
Catalogue No.: LSO0867
Release Date: 16th April 2021
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 in amongst 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.
“Wartime fury and sorrow punctuate magnetic performances” - The Times (on Symphony No 6)
“Pappano tore into it with incisive ferocity, emphasising its violence, mordant humour and almost deliberate crudity, though the radiant closing section of the first movement shone like a brief beacon of hope, and the ambiguous finale hovered between exhaustion and acceptance.” - The Guardian (Symphony No 6)
“Most impressive of all was Pappano’s well-prepared, glamorous interpretation of Vaughan Williams’ furious Symphony no. 4 in F minor... the levels of intensity achieved by its final bars made it seem almost like a British Rite of Spring.” - Bachtrack (Symphony No 4)
“Vaughan Williams’ Fourth Symphony tautly ferocious” - The Arts Desk (Symphony No 4)
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, I. Allegro
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, II. Andante moderato
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, III. Scherzo: Allegro moderato
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, IV. Finale con epilogo fugato: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 6 in E minor, I. Allegro
Symphony No. 6 in E minor, II. Moderato
Symphony No. 6 in E minor, III. Scherzo: Allegro vivace
Symphony No. 6 in E minor, IV. Epilogue: Moderato