When the late Richard Hickox conducted the nine Vaughan Williams symphonies with the Bournemouth orchestra in the mid-1990s it was thought to be the first time the cycle had been performed complete.
It now appears that Gennady Rozhdestvensky, that indefatigable Anglophile, had conducted the series in Leningrad a few years earlier, in 1988-89. Those performances have just been released on record. They are intriguing, illuminating, vitally uplifting.
They are my Album of the Week on sinfinimusic.com.
Click here to read and listen. You may never hear RVW with the same ears again.