Sir Adrian Boult conducts Vaughan Williams

London Philharmonic Orchestra

The Englishmen Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) and Adrian Cedric Boult (1889-1983) both enjoyed long, full and distinguished lives. They also enjoyed a close personal and musical friendship (as Boult also did with numerous other British composers). Even allowing that another great champion of Vaughan Williams' music, Sir John Barbirolli, had passed away in 1970, it was thus entirely appropriate that Sir Adrian Boult should conduct a concert to mark the centenary of Vaughan Williams' birth, one hundred years later to the day, on 12 October 1972.

At the time of this Royal Festival Hall concert Boult was eighty-three but still vigorous, alert and authoritative. He was conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in his capacity as its President (he had been its Principal Conductor between 1950, when his tenure as Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra finished, and 1957). From the BBC's archives, this programme restores to circulation film of Boult leading two works by Vaughan Williams from the centenary concert.

Source: Colin Anderson/ICA


Diapason d'or

In the press:

"The conducting world needs Boult more than ever these days. It’s wonderful to see a master craftsman at work, everything he does is for the benefit of music and musicians and nothing is done to call attention to himself."
Kenneth Woods - A View from the Podium

Duration : 01 h 13 min
Location : Royal Festival Hall (London, Great Britain)
Recording date : 12/10/1972
Production date : 2011
Production : © BBC, under licence to International Classical Artists Ltd

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