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    The Second String Quartet was written much later and is a more adventurous work than its predecessor. It is dedicated to Jean Stewart, violist of the Menges Quartet, which is why the viola always plays the leading role. The viola introduces the first movement with an impassioned theme on which...
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    I'm an old fan of Vaughan Williams and have been getting interested in Whitman, so I listened to the Sea Symphony, one of RVW's works that I never knew, in Boult's 1968 recording. For any vocal work, I need a libretto to follow the words, but normally I can match what I hear with what I see on...
  3. Classical Music Discussion
    Bernard Haitink's EMI/London Phil cycle of the Vaughan Williams symphonies tends to excite strong views, both pro and con. Detractors call it 'unidiomatic' - i.e. not fully grasping RVW's idiom (for which I read, that pastoral English mysticism that so often beguiles in his music). But can...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    I've got to know and love RVW's symphonies via Adrian Boult. I'd now like to hear a second cycle. These four all seem to come well recommended - can anyone give me a steer? With ref to both interps and sound? (David Hurwitz raves about Slatkin and Previn, but thinks Haitink is outstandingly...
  5. Orchestral Music
    I have recently fallen in love with this Vaughan Williams piece... So I made a thread about it!
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