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

279

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A non-mover after 17 years on the chart, Vaughan Williams has a great record higher up the chart, but his Symphony No.5 arrives at no. 279

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.