Since the death of Richard Hickox two years ago, Vaughan Williams has lacked an effective champion. On the basis of this sensitive performance of the second of VW’s nine symphonies, Elder and the Hallé Orchestra should be encouraged to fill the gap.
They are especially effective in the mysterious slow movement, though the Cockney high spirits of the scherzo are also vividly captured, and Stéphane Rancourt’s gentle musicianship adds an ethereal touch to the Oboe Concerto.
A London Symphony, Oboe Concerto
Mark Elder, Stéphane Rancourt