Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 5 – BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

December 7, 2020, 9:00 am

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Conductor Martyn Brabbins is a leading advocate of British composers. He continues a series of the complete symphonies of Ralph Vaughan Williams with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, giving a richly detailed account of the peaceful Fifth Symphony. Many of the themes in the symphony stem from Vaughan Williams’ then-unfinished opera, The Pilgrim’s Progress. The album includes music from the stage work, which has seldom been heard in its original guise since the 1906 premiere.