5-9 The Fantasticks
National Philharmonic Orchestra, Bernard Herrmann (conductor), Michael Rippon, Meriel Dickinson, John Amis, Gillian Humphreys, Thames Chamber Choir.
UKCD 2063 – 053068206327
Herrmann’s 1941 symphony in a 1974 recording conducted by the composer coupled with the song cycle The Fantasticks. The symphony displays influences of Walton, Vaughan Williams and Stravinsky within a Sibelian framework producing, in effect, a musical self-portrait. The song cycle, virtually a cantata, sets words by the Elizabethan Nicolas Breton and is deeply felt displaying more of the composer’s familiar personality.