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Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5

Magazine article Gramophone

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No 5

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Vaughan Williams

Symphony No 5. The Running Set.

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tailis

Anthony Goldstone, Caroline Clemmow pfs

Albion (F) ALBCD031 (55' * DDD)

Much painstaking detective work and considerable editorial expertise went into this first recording of Vaughan Williams's Fifth Symphony in an early incarnation for two pianos. A close inspection of the unpublished manuscript with its many annotations, crossings-out and pastings-in revealed just how closely Michael Mullinar (1895-1973) collaborated with the composer. Unlike Mullinar's own stylish one- and two-piano arrangements of the Sixth Symphony (of which he was the dedicatee), we do not know precisely when it was performed but can be pretty sure that it received at least one play-through with friends and colleagues in attendance (as was the composer's wont when introducing new works). Fascinating listening it makes, too, its infinitely subtle harmonic palette illuminated to frequently revelatory effect. Lovers of this symphony (arguably the most technically assured and elegantly proportioned of the composer's nine) should most certainly investigate, safe in the knowledge that RVW's heartwarming inspiration is marvellously served on this occasion by Anthony Goldstone and Caroline Clemmow. …

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