"...He [Hickox] draws ravishing sounds throughout from the LSO, with an unerring feeling for idiomatic rubato and a powerful control of massive dynamic contrasts... The sumptuous Chandos sound, with an extraordinarily widedynamic range, adds to the impact of the performance, which comes with a short but valuable and beautifully played fill-up."
The Penguin Guide - 1000 Greatest Classical Recordings 2011-12
‘Hickox is a persuasive Vaughan Williams interpreter and has the LSO on unbeatable form.’
‘As with his Chandos Fifth he’s [Hickox] a wonderfully sensitive interpreter of the whole piece.’
International Record Review
'This is no academic resuscitation, but a glorious finished work in its own right. The orchestral playing is jaw-dropping. Buy it immediately - and you'll be treated to a lovely little extra in The Banks of Green Willow by George Butterworth.'
‘The original 1913 score contains some remarkable extra music, and the LSO and Hickox give it a performance that’s far from academic.’
Disc of the Month BBC Music Magazine
‘Quite simply, an essential purchase for anyone remotely interested in British music.’
‘This is a disc of immense importance to lovers of English music.’
Gramophone Critic's Choice of 2001 new releases
‘As of now, this issue is for me the symphonic recording of the year. It is glorious in all respects.’
American Record Guide
'Andrew Aschenbach's endorsement, 'an essential purchase for anyone remotely interested in Bristish music' can itself be endorsed, even with that 'British'
‘Richard Hickox, whose dedication to the VW cause is second to none, directs a vivid performance, with splendid support from his assembled forces… the performances could hardly be better.’
BBC Music Magazine on CHAN 9646 (A Cotswold Romance etc.)
‘…one of the best Fifths I have heard. The recording is state-of-the-art.’
Classic FM on CHAN 9666 (Symphony No. 5 etc.)
‘The refinement of the LSO string playing under Hickox is magnificent, and the subtle textures of the scoring are beautifully captured.’
BBC Music Magazine on CHAN 9593 (Five Tudor Portraits)
‘If anything, the result is a gain in grandeur, and of symphonic breadth… Hickox’s beautifully played and recorded reading leaves… an account that takes revisitation beyond a mere musicological exercise.’
BBC Music Magazine
This is a sublime recording and contains over five minutes of music that never made it to the final version of the London Symphony. I can see why Vaughan Williams revised the symphony - the final version is more cohesive - but he jettisoned some gorgeous music in the process and I'm very glad that we can now hear it. Both the performance and recording are first class. This is a must for anyone who likes Vaughan Williams.