A LONDON SYMPHONY
and Royal College of Music Brass
conducted by Martyn Brabbins.
It is believed
that of his nine completed
symphonies, Vaughan Williams
liked this, the No. 2, best. It
is certainly the most tuneful and
accessible, with harmonies more
akin to light music than the
other eight, thoroughly enjoyable
though they all are.
It begins with the
sonorous quiet links to Big Ben
and then evolves into a
descriptive piece of pre-WW1
London, alternating between its
noisy clamour and quiescence.
Revised after the dreadful Great
War ended (during which VW became
an ambulance driver), this is the
first published version dating
include the excellent Variations
composed for the 1957 brass band
championships, and two Edwardian
songs, Sound Sleep and Orpheus
with his lute.
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