Skip to main content

Browse: Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony'

This page lists all recordings of Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony' by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958).

Having made some sketches for a symphonic poem about London, Vaughan Williams was encouraged by George Butterworth to write a full symphony, and adapted these initial sketches into his London Symphony.

Vaughan Williams continued to revise the piece for many years, yet for all his changes it remained “the symphony he himself liked best of his nine”, as he told Sir John Barbirolli.

Although not strictly programmatic (Vaughan Williams suggested it would have been better titled “Symphony by a Londoner"), the work still depicts various London scenes, including the Westminster chimes, the street cries of flower sellers, and also some of the grimmer aspects of city life.

Read more

The symphony ends with the rippling of the Thames carrying the audience away from the bustling city.

Read less
Showing 1 - 10 of 38 results
Results per page:
View:

Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony

original 1913 version

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra have come up with a recording that you can cheerfully measure against most others in the catalogue, before you consider its unique extra charms! More…

Awards:

CD

$14.75

In stock

Usually despatched within 1 working day

This release includes a digital booklet

 New  Offer Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony

& other works

Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Mary Bevan (soprano), Kitty Whately (mezzo-soprano)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Royal College of Music Brass Band, Martyn Brabbins

Brabbins masterminds a superbly involving account...Clocking in at around 52 minutes, it’s a canvas of thrilling sweep, evocative power and vaulting ambition...Above all, Brabbins exhibits a... More…

Awards:

CD

($14.75)$13.27

In stock

Usually despatched within 1 working day

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Vol. 1

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze

This is expressive and atmospheric playing, rarely heard since Boult. More…

Awards:

CD

$14.75

In stock

Usually despatched within 1 working day

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 1-9

Margaret Ritchie (soprano), John Gielgud (speaker), London Philharmonic Choir, Isobel Baillie (soprano), John Cameron (baritone)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult

Awards:

No digital booklet included

Vaughan Williams - The Symphonies

London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn

Awards:

No digital booklet included

 Offer Vaughan Williams: Complete Symphonies

Yvonne Kenny (soprano), Catherine Bott (soprano), Brian Rayner Cook (baritone), Roderick Elms (organ)

London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Bryden Thomson

Awards:

5 CDs

($58.00)$52.25

In stock

Usually despatched within 1 working day

Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony & Oboe Concerto

Stéphane Rancourt (oboe)

Hallé, Sir Mark Elder

The throw themselves so fully into the texture and colour of the piece it becomes almost visual - captured are not only the hansom cabs, street-sellers' cries, Cockney mouth organs and accordions... More…

CD

$14.50

Usually despatched in 4 - 5 working days

No digital booklet included

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 'A London Symphony', etc.

original 1913 version

London Symphony Orchestra, Richard Hickox

SACD

$14.75

In stock

Usually despatched within 1 working day

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2 & Serenade to Music

Juliana Athayde (violin)

Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Members of Mercury Opera Rochester, Christopher Seaman

[The London Symphony shows] careful attention to detail, rhythmic energy, scrupulous balance and a fine ear for the inner life of the more animated music and real poetry in inward-looking passages...The... More…

SACD

$13.50

In stock

Usually despatched within 1 working day

This release includes a digital booklet

Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony

Philharmonia Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes

Presto CD

$14.75

In stock

Usually despatched within 1 working day