Vaughan Williams - Symphony no.5 in D major, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; André Previn - Reflections (FLAC)
Vaughan Williams – Symphony no.5 in D major, Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; André Previn – Reflections (FLAC)

Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams, André Previn
Orchestra: Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: André Previn
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: EMI
Size: 286 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: no

01. Ralph Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, for 2 String Orchestras
Performed by Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music
with Hui Liu (violin), Sophie Shao (cello), Nurit Bar-Josef (violin), Elita Kang (violin)
Conducted by André Previn

Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphony No.5 in D major
Performed by Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music
Conducted by André Previn

02. 1. Preludio (Moderato)
03. 2. Scherzo (Presto misterioso)
04. 3. Romanza (Lento)
05. 4. Passacaglia (Moderato)

06. André Previn – Reflections for Cello, English horn & orchestra
Performed by Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music
with Sophie Shao (cello), Lelie Ann Resnick (english horn)
Conducted by André Previn

I believe that this is the finest recording of the Vaughan Williams Fifth. Why? Because the Symphony (as well as the Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis) employs the orchestral effect Vaughan Williams was noted for: the massed string choir. Accordingly, the orchestra of the Curtis Institute of Music, which is a center for the world’s finest violinists, both teachers and students, provides the finest string sound you will ever hear. It’s a beautiful recording.

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