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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.

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London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Roger Norrington

Consistently superior Decca engineering throughout, expertly balanced and beguilingly rich More…

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

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

Brabbins conducts the [Symphony] with a sense of purposeful directness, likeably enhanced by the expressive warmth of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s response. More…

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Sea Symphony: Amanda Roocroft (soprano) & Thomas Hampson (baritone); Sinfonia Antartica: Patricia Rozario (soprano), Glen Martin (saxophone), Tasmin Little (violin)

BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Andrew Davis

Davis has the key to this symphony’s combination of mystery, menace and qualified optimism. More…

6 CDs

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Philharmonia Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes

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