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Seen and Heard International Concert Review
LSO IN NEW YORK (III): Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 6 in E minor (1944-47, rev. 1950), Walton: Symphony No. 1 (1931-35), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis, Conductor, Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 2.10.2005 (BH)
Of the three outstanding concerts in this latest stand
by Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra, the
scorching Verdi Requiem and the massively detailed
all-Sibelius evenings may have to concede a bit to this expertly
transmitted, sublimely fascinating Vaughan Williams Sixth
to Sibelius, performances of Vaughan Williams symphonies are
rare, perhaps because some conductors lack the insight to
make sense of his asymmetrical structures, and an empathy
with the composer’s tonality that seems to flirt elsewhere
– not to mention some imaginative, unorthodox use of instruments.
Apparently the composer’s use of the tenor saxophone
is intended to represent a jazz club bombed in the London
Blitz, and the instrument’s appearance is painfully poignant.