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BBC Proms Composer – Vaughan Williams with Kate Kennedy and Andrew McGregor

Kate Kennedy chooses five indispensable recordings of Proms composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and explains why you need to hear them, plus the best of recent classical releases.

Andrew McGregor with a selection of the best new classical releases:

Proms Composer: Vaughan Williams
Kate Kennedy chooses five indispensable recordings of Proms composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and explains why you need to hear them.

Proms Recording:
To round off each edition of Summer Record Review, Andrew introduces the Building a Library recommendation of a major work featured in this year's BBC Proms:

Schubert: Symphony No 4
London Classical Players
Roger Norrington, conductor

2 hours, 47 minutes

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no.4 in E minor Op.98 (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • Brahms: Orchestral Works.
    • BIS.
    • 3.
  • Antonio Lotti

    Lascia che nel suo viso (from Teofane)

    Singer: Núria Rial. Ensemble: Artemandoline.
    • Deutsche HM.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prélude in G sharp minor No. 12, Op. 32

    Performer: Sergei Babayan.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Lilacs, Op.21

    Performer: Sergei Babayan.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Ian Venables

    Offertorium (Requiem, Op. 48)

    Performer: Jonathan Hope. Choir: Gloucester Cathedral Choir. Director: Adrian Partington.
    • Somm.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The infinite shining heavens (Songs of Travel)

    Lyricist: Robert Louis Stevenson. Singer: Thomas Allen. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • The Very Best of English Song.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 11.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No. 4 in F Minor (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth.
    • Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 8.
    • London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • 4.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • Janine Jansen.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony No 5 in D major (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Laetatus Sum

    Ensemble: Les Passions de l’Ame. Director: Meret Lüthi.
    • Deutsche HM.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Kian Soltani. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Keyboard Sonata No. 19 in E Minor, Hob. XVI:47bis (1st & 2nd mvts)

    Performer: Tuija Hakkila.
    • Haydn: 8 Early Sonatas.
    • Ondine.
    • 11-12.
  • Nils Henrik Asheim

    Muohta (excerpt)

    Choir: Norwegian Soloists' Choir. Ensemble: Ensemble Allegria. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • Lament.
    • BIS.
    • 4-21.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Cello Sonata No. 2 in F Major, Op. 99 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Daniel Müller‐Schott. Performer: Francesco Piemontesi.
    • Brahms: Sonatas Opp. 38, 78 & 99.
    • Orfeo.
    • 7.
  • Franz Lehár

    Vilja Song (The Merry Widow)

    Singer: Lisa della Casa. Ensemble: American Opera Society Orchestra & Chorus. Conductor: Franz Allers.
    • Sepia.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'

    Orchestra: London Classical Players. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • Erato.

Record Review



Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Hungarian Dances & Tragic Overture

Swedish Chamber Orchestra

Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

BIS BIS2383 (Hybrid SACD)


Venice's Fragrance: music by Traetta, Vivaldi, Galuppi, Manna, Conti etc.

Nuria Rial (soprano)


Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 19439743812


Sergei Babayan – Rachmaninoff: Préludes, Études-Tableaux, Moments Musicaux

Sergei Babayan (piano)

Deutsche Grammophon 4839181


Venables: Requiem

Catherine Perfect (alto)

Alex Taylor (treble)

Arthur Johnson (treble)

Charles Lucas (treble)

Matthew Clarke (baritone)

Jonathan Hope (organ)

Gloucester Cathedral Choir

Adrian Partington (director)

Somm SOMMCD 0618


9.30am – Proms Composer: Kate Kennedy on Vaughan Williams


Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams

Reviewer: Kate Kennedy


Recommended Recordings:

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

Rodney Friend (violin)

Russell Gilbert (violin)

John Chambers (viola)

Alexander Cameron (cello)

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)

Warner Classics 7777640175 (download only)


Songs of Travel (from Very Best of English Song)

Thomas Allen (bass-baritone)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

Warner Classics 6805132 (download only)


Symphony No. 4 in F minor

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Ryan Wigglesworth (conductor)

LPO LPO0082 (download only)


Symphony No. 5 in D major

Philharmonia Orchestra

John Barbirolli (conductor)

Warner Classics 2161512 (download only)


The Lark Ascending

Janine Jansen (violin)

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

Decca 4750112


10.15am – New Releases


Divina: music by Biber and Schmelzer

Les Passions de l'Ame

Meret Lüthi (violin)

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 19439763522


Dvořák: Cello Concerto, Silent Woods, Songs my Mother Taught Me, Lasst mich allein, Goin’ Home

Kian Soltani (cello)

Staatskapelle Berlin

Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

Deutsche Grammophon 4836090


Haydn: Eight Early Sonatas

Tuija Hakkila (fortepiano)

Ondine ODE13602D (2 CDs)


Lament: Works by Hagen, Asheim and Nordheim

Magnhild Korsvik (soprano)

Masashi Tsuji (tenor)

Mari Askvik (alto)

Halvor F. Melien (bass)

Hans-Kristian Kjos Sørensen (percussion)

Daniel Paulsen (percussion)

Terje Viken (percussion)

Lars Petter Hagen (tape)

Arne Nordheim (tape)

The Norwegian Soloists’ Choir

Ensemble Allegria

Grete Pedersen (director)

BIS BIS2431 (Hybrid SACD)


Brahms: The Cello Sonatas

Daniel Müller-Schott (cello)

Francesco Piemontesi (piano)

Orfeo C979201


The Merry Widow (sung in English)

Lisa della Casa (Hanna Glawari)

John Reardon (Count Danilo Danilowitsch, attaché at the embassy)

Paul Franke (Baron Mirko Zeta, Pontevedrian ambassador in Paris)

Laurel Hurley (Valencienne, his wife)

Charles K. L. Davis (Camille de Rosillon)

Howard Kahl (Vicomte Cascada)

Paul Richards (Raoul de St. Brioche)

The American Opera Society Orchestra and Chorus

Franz Allers (conductor)

Sepia SEPIA1356


11.20am – Proms Building a Library Recommendation

Schubert: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'
Reviewer: Richard Wigmore, November 2012

Recommended recording:
London Classical Players

Roger Norrington (conductor)

Erato 5622272 (2CDs)


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