Ralph Vaughan Williams – Symphony No. 9 – London Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult (1958/2013)
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This symphony was begun, except for a few vague sketches, early in 1956, and was finished, so far as a composition ever is finished, in November 1957. It was written chiefly in London, but partly in Majorca and partly at Ashmansworth the home of Gerald and Joyce Finzi. It is dedicated to the Royal Philharmonic Society, and was first played at a concert; on 2 April 1958 by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Sir Malcolm Sargent.
The usual symphony orchestra is used, with the addition of three saxophones and flugelhorn. This beautiful and neglected instrument is not usually allowed in the select circles of the orchestra and has been banished to the brass band, where it is allowed to indulge in the bad habit of vibrato to its heart’s content. While in the orchestra it will be obliged to sit up and play straight: The saxophones, also, are not expected, except possibly in one place in the scherzo, to behave like demented cats, but, are allowed to be their own romantic selves. Otherwise the orchestration is normal, and is, the composer hopes, sound in wind and strings.
1 Introduction by Sir Adrian Boult 00:26
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Symphony No. 9 in E Minor
2 I. Allegro moderato 09:16
3 II. Andante sostenuto 08:05
4 III. Allegro pesante 05:33
5 IV. Andante tranquillo 11:41
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Adrian Boult, conductor