Vaughan Williams London Symphony & Mathias Celtic Dances


Catalogue No: DDV 24135
EAN/UPC: 809730413520
Artists: ,
Composers: ,
Release Date: January 2009
Discs: 1
Total Playing Time: 58:47
Sample: London Symphony - Scherzo (extract)

The NYOW is one of the longest established youth orchestras in the world, and depite often being overshadowed in terms of press coverage, there is no doubt that it is also one the finest orchestras of any kind in Europe. This scintillating performance of the London Symphony belies the youth of the players with an interpretation of immense depth, character and musicianship. Also included is the world premier recording of William Mathias’s Celtic Dances – all at mid price.

Track Listing

    Ralph Vaughan Williams:

  1. I. Symphony No. 2 (“London”) – 1. Lento – allegro risoluto (14:12)
  2. II. Symphony No. 2 (“London”) – 2. Lento (10:44)
  3. III. Symphony No. 2 (“London”) – 3. Scherzo (7:58)
  4. IV. Symphony No. 2 (“London”) – 4. Andante con moto (11:55)
  5. William Mathias:

  6. I. Celtic Dances – 1. Allegro vivace (4:01)
  7. II. Celtic Dances – 2. Allegro leggiero (3:02)
  8. III. Celtic Dances – 3. Andante con moto (3:44)
  9. IV. Celtic Dances – 4. Allegro con slancio (3:10)


International Record Review

Utterly professional sound…there isn’t a weak link… polished and virtually flawless. The NYOW is probably collectively better now than ever it was.

” —Marc Rochester

Very fine young Welsh players. The Celtic Dances is pretty well projected by conductor and orchestra

” —Paul Ingram
MusicWeb International

Extremely well-played and impressive performances… the London symphony opens with a great sense of atmosphere… brilliantly performed… admirable technical playing. An excellent disc

” —Em Marshall
Classic FM Magazine

For a youth orchestra as fine as this one, Vaughan Williams’ ‘London’ Symphony is a canny choice: Under Hughes, memorable things happen; the ‘London’ Symphony’s finale is here as powerful and moving as you’ll hear anywhere.

” —Michael Hayes
Hi Fi News

Hughes’ young players give as characterful a versions as any subsequent to the 1952 Boult and ’56 Barbirolli ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

” —CB

The NYOW… has delivered a neatly produced performance… the NYOW is also fully convincing in its performance of the ‘Celtic Dances’. Youthful brilliance and full, mid-voice strong sound coloring characteristic of a completely unique weighting of the symphony [which] sets it apart from other performances to date. The visionary epilogue can be heard so delicately as one can experience it in only a few other recordings, [In the Mathias] the NYOW shines with playful verve, rhythmic brilliance of the percussionists and horns with marked contours. This is a fortuitous publication.


William Mathias’s Celtic Dances proves a very likeable find. There are four dances and all are engagingly delivered here by the National Youth Orchestra of Wales under Owain Arwel Hughes.

” —Andrew Achenbach
Midwest Record

a world class reading, this is simply a good recording that was made to tickle your ears… the talent might astound you, this is well worth checking out for a well spent hour of prime classical listening.

” —Chris Spector