This is the third of your Vaughan Williams Symphony recordings. What draws you to his music?

As a boy I was attracted by the music’s beauty: the Serenade to Music, the Mass in G Minor, the Five Mystical Songs. The opening of the Fifth Symphony captivated me whereas the Sixth Symphony scared me off. As I get older, I realise that it is Vaughan Williams’s sincerity I cherish. His roots lie deep in the English musical subsoil (old church hymns...

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