Categories:
Cart 0

Your cart is empty

Halle|Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, Oboe Concerto

Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, Oboe Concerto

Hallé, Mark Elder, Stéphane Rancourt

Available in
logo Hi-Res
24-Bit 44.1 kHz - Stereo

Unlimited Streaming

Listen to this album in high quality now on our apps

Start my trial period and start listening to this album

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Subscribe

Enjoy this album on Qobuz apps with your subscription

Digital Download

Purchase and download this album in a wide variety of formats depending on your needs.

The inaudibility of the quietest musical sections is the only thing to mar this excellent recording of two compositions by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Mark Elder leading the Hallé Orchestra and oboist Stéphane Rancourt bring out so much lush beauty that listeners are likely to feel compelled to simply sit back, close their eyes, and go along for the musical ride. The Symphony No. 2 opens the album. A fairly lengthy work, it has four movements that draw on Vaughan Williams' strengths of creating layered string harmonies and graceful melodies. Once the first movement comes into audibility, it becomes quite dramatic and exciting. The brass are bright and punctuate the music of the strings. The second movement is like a slow sunrise, and then grandly sweeping and majestic in the middle of the piece. Rather than a snapshot of London, one might suggest that the movement depicts a soaring flight over a landscape, or an immense, inspiring vista. It has a programmatic feel that is nothing short of stunning. As before, it is frustrating to try to hear the softest passages on the CD, even at full volume, which does detract from the listening experience. The third movement scherzo is sprightly, bouncy, and spirited; Vaughan Williams has a light touch here, demonstrating his mastery of string orchestration. The fourth movement is also rather programmatic in feel, a fitting conclusion to a tribute to one of the world's greatest cities. The Concerto in A minor for oboe and strings is composed in a vein comparable to the symphony, with a similar use of orchestral textures and colors, but the obvious difference is the solo oboe. Played by Rancourt, it avoids the reedy melancholy often associated with the instrument. The listener is struck by the hypnotic, Indian classical-like oboe melody in the Rondo pastorale; like a bird or butterfly gardening about an orchestral meadow, one simply cannot take one's ears off it. Rancourt is an extremely agile performer; his style is fluid and smooth and he achieves a timbre almost like a flute, as one can hear in the Finale. This work, too, is a delight. The orchestra understands every nuance of the music, maintaining a sense of levity and characteristically English serenity and grace throughout the album. It is a match made in heaven between the musicians and the repertoire, and this is indeed very lucky for the listener.
© TiVo

More info

Vaughan Williams: A London Symphony, Oboe Concerto

Halle

launch qobuz app I already downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS Open

download qobuz app I have not downloaded Qobuz for Windows / MacOS yet Download the Qobuz app

You are currently listening to samples.

Listen to over 80 million songs with an unlimited streaming plan.

Listen to this playlist and more than 80 million songs with our unlimited streaming plans.

From kr125,00/month

Symphony No. 2, 'A London Symphony' (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

1
Symphony No. 2, IRV 41 "A London Symphony": I. Lento - Allegro resoluto
Mark Elder
00:14:57

Stephane Rancourt, Soloist - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mark Elder, Conductor - Hallé, Orchestra, MainArtist - STAINER AND BELL LTD, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society

2
Symphony No. 2, IRV 41 "A London Symphony": II. Lento
Mark Elder
00:10:48

Stephane Rancourt, Soloist - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mark Elder, Conductor - Hallé, Orchestra, MainArtist - STAINER AND BELL LTD, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society

3
Symphony No. 2, IRV 41 "A London Symphony": III. Scherzo (Nocturne)
Mark Elder
00:07:23

Stephane Rancourt, Soloist - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mark Elder, Conductor - Hallé, Orchestra, MainArtist - STAINER AND BELL LTD, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society

4
Symphony No. 2, IRV 41 "A London Symphony": IV. Finale: Andante con moto - Maestoso alla marcia - Lento - Epilogue
Mark Elder
00:13:23

Stephane Rancourt, Soloist - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mark Elder, Conductor - Hallé, Orchestra, MainArtist - STAINER AND BELL LTD, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society

Concerto in A minor for Oboe and Strings (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

5
Oboe Concerto in A Minor, IRV 50: I. Rondo Pastorale
Mark Elder
00:07:21

Stephane Rancourt, Soloist - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mark Elder, Conductor - Hallé, Orchestra, MainArtist - OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS UK, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society

6
Oboe Concerto in A Minor, IRV 50: II. Minuett and Musette
Mark Elder
00:02:46

Stephane Rancourt, Soloist - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mark Elder, Conductor - Hallé, Orchestra, MainArtist - OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS UK, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society

7
Oboe Concerto in A Minor, IRV 50: III. Scherzo (Finale)
Mark Elder
00:09:10

Stephane Rancourt, Soloist - Ralph Vaughan Williams, Composer - Mark Elder, Conductor - Hallé, Orchestra, MainArtist - OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS UK, MusicPublisher

(C) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society (P) 2011 Hallé Concerts Society

Album Description

The inaudibility of the quietest musical sections is the only thing to mar this excellent recording of two compositions by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Mark Elder leading the Hallé Orchestra and oboist Stéphane Rancourt bring out so much lush beauty that listeners are likely to feel compelled to simply sit back, close their eyes, and go along for the musical ride. The Symphony No. 2 opens the album. A fairly lengthy work, it has four movements that draw on Vaughan Williams' strengths of creating layered string harmonies and graceful melodies. Once the first movement comes into audibility, it becomes quite dramatic and exciting. The brass are bright and punctuate the music of the strings. The second movement is like a slow sunrise, and then grandly sweeping and majestic in the middle of the piece. Rather than a snapshot of London, one might suggest that the movement depicts a soaring flight over a landscape, or an immense, inspiring vista. It has a programmatic feel that is nothing short of stunning. As before, it is frustrating to try to hear the softest passages on the CD, even at full volume, which does detract from the listening experience. The third movement scherzo is sprightly, bouncy, and spirited; Vaughan Williams has a light touch here, demonstrating his mastery of string orchestration. The fourth movement is also rather programmatic in feel, a fitting conclusion to a tribute to one of the world's greatest cities. The Concerto in A minor for oboe and strings is composed in a vein comparable to the symphony, with a similar use of orchestral textures and colors, but the obvious difference is the solo oboe. Played by Rancourt, it avoids the reedy melancholy often associated with the instrument. The listener is struck by the hypnotic, Indian classical-like oboe melody in the Rondo pastorale; like a bird or butterfly gardening about an orchestral meadow, one simply cannot take one's ears off it. Rancourt is an extremely agile performer; his style is fluid and smooth and he achieves a timbre almost like a flute, as one can hear in the Finale. This work, too, is a delight. The orchestra understands every nuance of the music, maintaining a sense of levity and characteristically English serenity and grace throughout the album. It is a match made in heaven between the musicians and the repertoire, and this is indeed very lucky for the listener.
© TiVo

About the album

Improve album information

Qobuz logo Why buy on Qobuz...

More on Qobuz
By Halle

A Shropshire Lad: English Songs Orchestrated by Roderick Williams

Halle

Vaughan Williams: The Complete Symphonies

Halle

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 7 "Sinfonia Antartica" & Symphony No. 9

Halle

Debussy: Images & Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Halle

Vaughan Williams: Job & Songs of Travel

Halle

Playlists

You may also like...

Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 8 "Unfinished" & 9 "The Great"

Herbert Blomstedt

Sibelius: Complete Symphonies

Klaus Mäkelä

The New Four Seasons - Vivaldi Recomposed

Max Richter

Old Friends New Friends

Nils Frahm

Nightscapes

Magdalena Hoffmann

Nightscapes Magdalena Hoffmann
In your panoramas...
Scriabin's Flamboyant Raptures

Somewhat overshadowed today by his compatriots Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky and Rachmaninov, Alexander Scriabin is nonetheless a key figure in Russian music. At the beginning of the 20th century, the composer and virtuoso pianist broke away from the Romantic legacy to offer a unique and innovative musical language which no one would follow. His work, deeply influenced by mystical philosophy and synaesthesia, would undergo a dazzling evolution in barely two decades, interrupted by his premature death at the age of 43.

Nils Frahm, an Atypical Piano Master

Hailed by critics of classical music as well as amateurs of the electronic genre, Nils Frahm’s talent has brought harmony between the two worlds for the last ten years. Whether he plays on a church organ or a synthesiser fitted with effect pedals, the German pianist is always looking forward, and that’s what makes him so appealing.

Steve Reich in 10 Works

Steve Reich belongs to that very small circle of composers who can claim to have changed the face of contemporary music over the last fifty years. Qobuz presents a selection of ten of the most important works from his catalogue.

In the news...