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  • Performer: Bryden; London So; Thomson
  • Composer: Vaughan Williams Ralph
  • Audio CD (Feb. 9 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Chn
  • ASIN: B000000AKF
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1. Symphony No. 8 In D Minor: I - Fantasia (Variazioni senza Tema) - Moderato
2. Symphony No. 8 In D Minor: II - Scherzo alla Marcia (per stromenti a fiato) - Allegro alla marcia
3. Symphony No. 8 In D Minor: III - Cavatina (per stromenti ad arco) - Lento espressivo
4. Symphony No. 8 In D Minor: IV - Toccata - Moderato Maestoso
5. Two Hymn-Tune Preludes: I - Eventide (Monk) - Lento sostenuto
6. Two Hymn-Tune Preludes: II - Dominus Regit Me (Dykes) - Andante con moto
7. Fantasia on 'Greensleeves'
8. Partita For Double String Orchestra: I - Prelude - Andante tranquillo
9. Partita For Double String Orchestra: II - Scherzo Ostinato - Presto
10. Partita For Double String Orchestra: III - Intermezzo (Homage To Henry Hall) - Andante con moto
11. Partita For Double String Orchestra: IV - Fantasia - Allegro

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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fine performances, but not the best March 2 2009
By Rudolf Dankwort - Published on
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Bryden Thomson is a fine conductor, the problem is he's not quite up to the level of Adrian Boult. However, it seems the Boult 'Partita' is not conveniently available on CD's. The 'Partita' is probably VW's greatest work, aside maybe from the 8th symphony itself. Having listened to it now a couple of times, I find Thomson excessively aggressive, too much presto, and in general not "there" in the Vaughan Williams idiom.

I just heard Richard Hickox doing the 3rd and I liked it a lot. I get the feeling he's more in tune with VW than Thomson.

Undoubtedly, the Chandos sound is light-years ahead of the Bould discs. So if that's the important thing, get the Chandos.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlivening Nov. 30 2008
By David Saemann - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the slowest version of the Eighth Symphony I ever have heard. It lasts over 30 minutes. Nevertheless, it never seems to drag. Thomson lovingly elucidates all the details of the score. It is arguable that this is not what Vaughan Williams wanted, since he heard performances by Barbirolli and Boult (Decca) that reached LP during his lifetime. But Thomson clearly loves this music, and has found a key to its structure. The last movement is eloquent rather than typically rambunctious, and the conclusion is very satisfying. The other works on the CD are less controversial. The Partita receives a superb performance. The plucked strings in the third movement's Homage to Henry Hall, a BBC dance band leader, are particularly evocative of lighter music. Greensleeves goes well, comparably to the famous Ormandy recording. And the Hymn-Tune Preludes are serious and telling. Add to all this superior sound engineering, and you have a fascinating slice of Vaughan Williams.