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Sym 3/Sym 8

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 25 2001)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B00005N56X
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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Within a few months of the premiere of Vaughan Williams 8th Symphony in 1956 two recordings were made of it . One by Barbirolli who gave the premiere (now on Dutton) and the other here by Sir Adrian Boult. Some might argue that there have been few since to match let alone surpass either. Boult is more direct and forward than Barbirolli but it is that approach that Vaughan Williams himself liked in Boult's conducting.
Sir Adrian has wrongfully been typecast as a conductor of mainly British music. Far from it. His repertoire was vast and he gave the British premieres of works by such diverse composers as Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Hindemith, Berg and Mahler. The Rachmaninov 3rd Symphony is given a very solid and colorful performance by Boult that is far more sympathetic than many others we have had since. These stereo recordings are from 1956 (they were originally recorded within a couple of months of each other) and show that Decca's engineers were right on top in the early days of stereo. One might easily think they were made 10 or 15 years later than they were. Two very fine performances that show that while Sir Adrian had an affinity for the music of his country he was more than just a "British music" conductor.
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Boults tempos are fast, dry, but driven, it could be argued. The problem is that in the Rachmaninoff the Orchestra can't stay together for long -- every half minute or so the ensemble is all over the place. But if that does not bother you...
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb5c7f570) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0xb5c81090) out of 5 stars two intriguing performances Sept. 28 2008
By hillbank68 - Published on Amazon.com
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Fabio Costa , in his review, characterises the tempi as 'fast and dry'. In the case of the Vaugham Williams, he's simply wrong. These tempi are exactly to the composer's metronome and middle-of-the-road. The Symphony, which is somewhat experimental and not easy to bring off, sounds well and is presented more convincingly than is often the case. As for the Rachmaninov, I've known this recording since it came out in the late 1950s (on RCA) and I am really fond of it. It is so easy to wallow in Rachmaninov, but here there is a strong sense of structure and the music seems better than it usually does, especially the relatively weak last movement. The big tunes are fine - not opulent, not luxuriant but nicely phrased and well controlled - and the big climaxes really work. This is a brisk, no-nonsense approach which serves the music well. It is true that the LPO in those days could sound a little ragged, and they do in the Scherzo of the VW and once or twice in Rach., but this is nothing compared to the musicality and strength of both performances. The recordings are old, but both are genuine stereo and sound pretty well. It's a good CD.
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HASH(0xb5c84288) out of 5 stars Problems... Jan. 15 2004
By Fabio M Costa - Published on Amazon.com
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Boults tempos are fast, dry, but driven, it could be argued. The problem is that in the Rachmaninoff the Orchestra can't stay together for long -- every half minute or so the ensemble is all over the place. But if that does not bother you...


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