Symphony No.5 in D major (includes Romanza)
Ralph Vaughan Williams


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Down 5. Lowest position since 2011. 1st of 7 entries for Vaughan Williams this year.

On the warm evening of 24th June 1943, Vaughan Williams stood on the podium at the Royal Albert Hall in front of the London Philharmonic Orchestra to conduct the premiere performance of his Symphony No. 5. The work had been a relatively long time coming. It was eight years since his Symphony No.4 and, given the many periods of intense orchestral composition in Vaughan Williams's career, many were surprised that his follow-up hadn't come sooner.