February sees the Halle release its second volume of works by Vaughan Williams, continuing its award winning survey of British music under its Musical Director, Sir Mark Elder. The release coincides with the Hallé’s performance of Vaughan Williams’ 2nd Symphony at the Royal Festival Hall, London Saturday 2nd February.

Mark Elder Halle Orchestra – Vaughan Williams Symphony 5 and 8

“I’d rather listen to [the Hallé] play English music than any other orchestra in the world.” – The Times

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8 Halle / Sir Mark Elder. HalleVAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphonies Nos. 5 & 8 Halle / Sir Mark Elder. HalleView or buy

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 2 London, Oboe Concerto. Stephane Rancourt, Halle / Sir Mark Elder. HalleVAUGHAN WILLIAMS Symphony No. 2 London, Oboe Concerto. Stephane Rancourt, Halle / Sir Mark Elder. Halle

The release combines two highly contrasting works to provide a disc which is both moving and uplifting. Symphony No.5 is a generally tranquil work with music influenced by Ravel, with whom Vaughan Williams had studied, and is scored for very traditional forces. Symphony No.8 is dedicated to Sir John Barbirolli and was premièred by the Hallé in 1956. It is the shortest and least serious of the symphonies and whilst not being without moments of somber mood, is generally light hearted in tone. It is has a more exotic instrumental colour, with an enhanced percussion section.

These works have long been part of Hallé’s concert repertoire under Sir Mark Elder in performances which have drawn great critical praise:

‘I cannot think of another conductor around today better equipped to conduct this score than Sir Mark and he didn’t disappoint.’ Michael Cookson, Seen and Heard International, Review of performance of Symphony No.5, Nov 2011

‘Elder made a splendid job of it, capturing its quizzical nature to a nicety and balancing the orchestral sound with a skill that drew out the subtlest of Vaughan Williams’s instrumental colourings.’ Richard Fairman, Financial Times, review of Symphony No.8 Royal Albert Hall Proms, July 2008

Symphony No.5 recorded live in the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester on 9th November 2011, and in rehearsal; producer/balance engineer Steve Portnoi. – A generally tranquil work with music influenced by Ravel, with whom Vaughan Williams had studied, and is scored for very traditional forces

Symphony No.8 recorded in the BBC Studios, MediaCity UK, Salford on 3rd February 2012; producer Andrew Keener, engineer Simon Eadon. – Dedicated to Sir John Barbirolli and was premièred by the Hallé in 1956. It is the shortest and least serious of the symphonies and whilst not being without moments of somber mood, is generally light hearted in tone. It is has a more exotic instrumental colour, with an enhanced percussion section.

Sir Mark Elder

Hallé is proud to have been shortlisted as double finalist in the 2013 BBC Music Magazine Awards with nominations in both opera and Choral categories:

WAGNER Die Walkure. Stig Andersen, Yvonne Howard, Clive Bayley, Egils Silins, Susan Bullock, Susan Bickley, Miranda Keys, Elaine McKrill, Sarah Castle, Linda Finnie, Halle / Sir Mark Elder. Halle 4cdsOPERA NOMINATION – WAGNER Die Walkure. Stig Andersen, Yvonne Howard, Clive Bayley, Egils Silins, Susan Bullock, Susan Bickley, Miranda Keys, Elaine McKrill, Sarah Castle, Linda Finnie, Halle / Sir Mark Elder. Halle 4cds

ELGAR The Apostles. Rebecca Evans, Alice Coote, Paul Groves, Jacques Imbrailo, David Kempster, Brindley Sherratt, Halle / Sir Mark Elder. Halle 2cdsCHORAL NOMINATION – ELGAR The Apostles. Rebecca Evans, Alice Coote, Paul Groves, Jacques Imbrailo, David Kempster, Brindley Sherratt, Halle / Sir Mark Elder. Halle 2cds