Sibelius, Beethoven, Satie, Debussy
RVW has been recorded by Portuguese, German, Russian, American and Dutch conductors as well as British. His reputation has grown beyond the Anglosphere.
As I said, my favourite is the Pastoral (the 3rd - apparently RVW didn't like numbering his symphonies).Which symphony do you enjoy the most? And please describe why. It will help my orientation and listening. Thanks!
Well much as I like some of the "Greats", I'm very happy to listen to RVW and Roussel, at least as often as Beethoven and Haydn.Sure, but there is still a considerable status discrepancy between the anglosphere and the rest of the world. I find it a bit odd that everyone seems to be fine with totally subjective tastes and disliking Mozart or other composers considered universal classics but at the same time think that everyone should at least try to love local composers like Miaskovsky or RWV. The French are relatively neglecting many of their own but if French was the language of the internet and Diapason as internationally influential as Gramophone used to be we'd probably all be assumed to love Magnard and Roussel.
Tea & Crumpets. Boult all the way. Not that that'd be my recommendation.I haven't the foggiest idea of what "quintessentially English" means ... perhaps in the manner that Vaughan Williams intended?
(a) I am English, and...Tea & Crumpets. Boult all the way. Not that that'd be my recommendation.
In any case, I think this might prove a helpful resource when deciding upon which Vaughan Williams Symphony Cycle might be the one/next to acquire.
A Survey of Vaughan Williams Symphony Cycles
I've updated the survey just yesterday and it now SHOULD include every extant set there is, up to Hyperion's with Brabbins.
Oh, ye of little faith!(b) I don't believe in collecting cycles so feel no need to go looking.
Previn, Boult, and Bakels is what I have. I don't feel the need to look any further.
For some reason this music speaks to me more after the mindset created by the Nielsen’s 5th. There is something similar between the two works, the feeling of a free spirit, maybe.I will now have another go with the 5th Symphony, conducted by Haitink. Hoping that something would click.