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The Top 10 Vaughan Williams recordings from Gramophone

Listen to the 10 best recordings to discover one of the great symphonists of the 20th century

No 1

A Sea Symphony

LPO / Bernard Haitink 

(Warner Classics/EMI)

‘A breathtakingly good recording in all respects’

No 2

A London Symphony

LSO / Richard Hickox

(Chandos)

‘Quite simply, an essential purchase’

No 3

A Pastoral Symphony & Symphony No 4

LPO / Bernard Haitink

(Warner Classics / EMI)

‘Interpretations of great intelligence’

No 4

Symphony No 5

LSO / Richard Hickox

(Chandos)

‘An urgently communicative reading’

No 5

Symphony No 6

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra / 

(BR-Klassik)

‘An outstanding and very welcome disc’

No 6

Sancta Civitas

The Bach Choir, Bournemouth SO / David Hill

(Naxos)

‘Responsive to the beauty and the terror’

No 7

String Quartets

Maggini Quartet, Garfield Jackson va

(Naxos)

‘They clearly love this music deeply’

No 8

The Lark Ascending

Tasmin Little vn BBC PO / Sir Andrew Davis

(Chandos)

‘A feast of works for violin and orchestra’

No 9

Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

BBC SO / Sir Andrew Davis

(Warner Apex)

‘Ravishing string sonorities’

No 10

Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus’

LSO / Richard Hickox

(Chandos)

‘Heart-warming, lucid and nicely flowing’