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14.12.18

#morninglistening to #Lalo #concertos on...



#morninglistening to #Lalo #concertos on @alpha_classics/@outheremusic w/@orchestreLiege. A stupendous set! Discoveries galore!

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#BestOf2016 & #Glühwein and then watching #TheShopAroundTheCorner together.

#classicalmusic #EdouardLalo #ÉdouardLalo #classicalmusiccollection #orchestralmusic #FrenchClassicalMusic #frenchromanticism #Adventtime
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#morninglistening to #VaughanWilliams on @Sony_Classical...



#morninglistening to #VaughanWilliams on @Sony_Classical w/@philharmonia_orchestra under @leonardSlatkin ♡

THE @ClassicsToday reference recording.

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@SurprisedBeauty music!

#symphonies #symphony
#classicalmusic #Slatkin #RalphVaughanWilliams #20thCenturyMusic #orchestralmusic #Philharmonia
#LeonardSlatkin#classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #EnglishMusic #BritishMusic #surprisedbybeauty #noFilter
Re-issued on #SonyClassical w/out booklet. #Cowpat music? How dare you! 😀
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13.12.18

#morninglistening to #Fauré’s #pianoquartets on...



#morninglistening to #Fauré’s #pianoquartets on @ChandosRecords w/@kathystott & #HermitageStringTrio

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#classicalmusic #chambermusic #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #pianoquartet #GabrielFaure #FrenchClassicalMusic #GabrielFauré #Faure #frenchromanticism
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#morninglistening to @KennethFuchs #orchestralmusic &...



#morninglistening to @KennethFuchs #orchestralmusic & #orchestralsongs on @Naxos w/@LondonSymphony & #JoAnnFalletta, @JeffreyBiegel, @aryenhc, @DJsparr & @McAllisterSax

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Fabulous @surprisedbeauty music!

#classicalmusic #naxosrecords #classicalmusiccollection #classicalcdcollection #orchestralmusic #songcycle #PianoConcerto “Spirirualist” #saxophonemusic #LondonSymphonyOrchestra #ElectricGuitar #naxosrecords
#stringorchestra #repertoireexplorer
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#morninglistening to #GiuseppeVerdi’s #LadyMacbeth on #glossamusic w/@europagalante

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#1847 Version

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An interesting take that should have been vetoed from appearing by one of the singers, alas.

#opera #vocalmusic #italianmusic #ItalianOpera #Verdi #EuropaGalante #FabioBiondi
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12.12.18

#morninglistening to the spunky #Concertos & #Ouvertures of...



#morninglistening to the spunky #Concertos & #Ouvertures of #Graupner’s on #ACCENTrecords w/#LArpaFestante

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#ChristophGraupner, rocking #Darmstad from 1709 until 1754!

Vast amounts of music yet to be rediscovered!
#RienVoskuilen dir.
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#morninglistening to the lovely #CelloConcertos of...



#morninglistening to the lovely #CelloConcertos of #CPEBach’s on @Passacaille_CDs w/#OrquestaBarrocaSevilla &

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C.Coin prob. best known as the cellist of the fab #quatuorMosaïques

CD + DVD

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11.12.18

A Survey of Vaughan Williams Symphony Cycles



Discographies on ionarts: Bach Organ Cycles | Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycles I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX | Beethoven Symphony Cycles Index | Beethoven String Quartet Cycles | Bruckner Symphony Cycles | Dvořák Symphony Cycles | Shostakovich Symphony Cycles | Shostakovich String Quartet Cycles | Sibelius Symphony Cycles | Mozart Keyboard Sonata Cycles | Vaughan Williams Symphony Cycles


Continuing my discographies, this is a survey of – hopefully – every extant recorded cycle of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Symphonies. As opposed to the nine symphonies of Beethoven’s, where the survey (so far only the alphabetical index) covers nearly 200 cycles, there are 'only' about 15 such cycles of Vaughan Williams’ Symphonies out – and that’s counting four projects still ongoing. Still, that isn’t so bad, given the rather limited appeal RVW enjoys outside the Anglo realm of the classical music scene.

I have myself struggled with Vaughan Williams, always wanting to like him more than I end up doing… except for the grand opening of the First Symphony, of course, where the grand “Behold –––– THE SEA” etches itself into the memory of every listener on first exposure. (By and large I find the symphonies of Malcolm Arnold rather more memorable, actually.) Naturally, I have been reluctant to accept blame myself and have instead sought refuge in more, new recordings. By way of thus coping with my RVW-deficiency (eventually sniggling a decent amount of Vaughan Williams appreciation (Tony Palmer’s moving – if slow-moving – film Oh Though Transcendent helped a lot), I’ve gathered many more Vaughan Williams cycles on my shelves than, say, Tchaikovsky, to mention someone presumably more popular with a comparable output (disc-spread wise). Favorites are denoted with the ionarts symbol and links to reviews on ClassicsToday and MusicWeb Intl. are included where available.

I am sitting on the data for several new discographic entries under work. Ring cycles, Mahler-, Nielsen-, Martinů- and Schubert-symphony-cycles, as well as Bartók string quartet-cycles. They just take an awful lot of time to research and then put into html-presentable shape and even then they are rarely complete or mistake free. This one won’t be, either, and as such every one of these posts is also a plea to generously inclined readers with more information and knowledge of the subject than I have to lend a helping hand correcting my mistakes or filling data-lacunae. I am explicitly grateful for any such pointers, hinters, and corrections and apologize for any bloomers. Either in the comment section below or, better still, via Twitter. Unlike some earlier discographies, this one does intend to be comprehensive. So I am especially grateful if sets that I have missed are pointed out to me. With several hundred links in this document, there are, despite my best efforts, bound to be some that are broken or misplaced; I am glad about every correction that comes my way about those, too.

There are currently several cycles underway. Next to be finished, presumably, will be Mark Elder/Hallé Orchestra on their own label, who is only missing symphonies 7 & 9. Also ongoing are Andrew Manze/Royal Liverpool PO/Onyx, and Michael Brabbins/BBC SO/hyperion. I will add them as soon as they are sufficiently near completion. Andrew Davis and his Bergen Philharmonic, meanwhile, have added the missing Seventh and Ninth Symphonies to the incomplete Hickox cycle.

The musical participants, where known, are listed in the following order: Soprano, baritone, chorus for the Sea Symphony. Soprano for the Pastoral Symphony. Soprano, speaker, chorus (only where differing from No.1) for the Sinfonia antartica [sic] (where applicable). Graphic depictions for the ClassicsToday, Surprised-by-Beauty, and ionarts recordings of choice.