Concert review – BBC Proms / Vaughan Williams Symphonies 4, 5 & 6 / BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

“The three symphonies are works of tremendous compositional originality, too, respectively violent, rhapsodic and implacable. Hearing them together was a compelling and concentrated experience of the sort you rarely get in the concert hall. The credit for much of this belongs to Manze.”
Guardian, five stars, August 2012

“Manze’s heartfelt, insightful account, wonderfully delivered by the BBCSSO, patiently achieved the work’s spiritual resolution. The long, long silence in the hall after the final chord spoke volumes… Performances as fine as these demonstrate that taken together, the three symphonies embrace existential anxiety as well as sublimity: turbulent modernity as well as reassuring traditionalism. Readings, then, that decisively scotched the charge of parochialism. Mission accomplished.”
Evening Standard, August 2012