The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by George Lloyd
This disc is *** recommended by the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs.
George Lloyd wrote:
"The Fifth Symphony, written by the lake in Neuchatel, is in five movements. The first movement is a 'Pastorale' (Allegretto con tenerezza), and has writing for strings and wind only. The second is called 'Corale', inspired by the sometimes-grim Calvinism found in that part of Switzerland, and contains no violins or violas. The third movement is delicate indeed, the orchestral texture is the most refined and sensuous that I had so far accomplished"
In the fourth movement the mood changes; ˜Lamento' (Adagio drammatico) is a dark full-bodied piece in which for the first time the whole orchestra is used. The finale is brimming with confidence and hope and its exhilaration brings the symphony to a triumphant end.