The premiere of the symphony by Ralph Vaughan-Williams in London in 1943 brought comfort in war-time. It is dedicated “Without permission and with the sincerest flattery to Jean Sibelius”. Helen Grime is a Scottish composer born in 1981. Pierre Boulez discovered her Virga and wanted to conduct it in Paris, and it has since found its way into the repertoire of orchestras far and wide.
Mark Wigglesworth, conductor Istvan Várdái, cello
Helen Grime: Virga Dmitri Shostakovich: Cello Concerto No. 2 G Minor Op. 126 Ralph Vaughan-Williams: Symphony No. 5 D Major