"It is a very definite feather in Decca’s cap that they should bring out a complete recording of all the symphonies of Britain’s greatest living composer; and it is especially encouraging that they should do so while he is still with us, not only thus doing him honour while he can appreciate it, but also ensuring, by his supervision, that these recordings shall be fully authoritative." - The Gramophone, 1954
Vaughan Williams's 4th and 5th Symphonies make a fabulous pairing of contrasting styles from the same composer, and under Boult and the London Philharmonic in 1953, the performances are second to none. These new XR remasters bring out the very best of these nearly 70-year-old recordings in all their magnificence - they sound both fabulous and quite beautiful.
MONTEUX PROMOTION: From 3pm Paris time, Friday 1 July, and for exactly one week, we mark the 58th anniversary of the death of conductor PIERRE MONTEUX with a 10% discount on all our recordings of his conducting, in download or CD format - the discount is automatic and will be applied at the checkout.