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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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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…

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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Vol. 1

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Manze

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

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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 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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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

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Vernon Handley: Champion of British Music

David Nolan (violin), Nigel Kennedy (violin), Piers Lane (piano), Tasmin Little (violin), Diana Cummings (violin)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, Vernon Handley

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5 CDs

$18.00

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Vaughan Williams: The Complete Symphonies

Ian Bostridge (tenor), Sarah Chang (violin)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Haitink

This set presents RVW in a slightly heretical way that will appeal to those whose RVW tastes have become jaded or for those who have, for whatever reason, been put off by the mainstream cycles.... More…

7 CDs

$29.25

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Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 2

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kees Bakels

Bakels draws ravishing sounds from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, notably the strings…A thrilling experience…this is a performance to stimulate the ear. More…

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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…

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Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony

Philharmonia Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes

Presto CD

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Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Two Pianos

and version of the Sea Symphony for two pianos and orchestra

Leon McCawley (piano), John Lenehan (piano)

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates

At times we miss the focused punch of one piano's combat with the orchestra…yet 20 fingers certainly bring a heightened percussive charge in the final section's 'fuga chromatica'. Either way... More…

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