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Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
     

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

by Richard Hickox
 
Delivered with visceral excitement and awe-inspiring majesty, Ralph Vaughan Williams' "A Sea Symphony" (1909) receives one of its greatest performances in this glorious super-audio recording by Richard Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra, one to rival its predecessors and to set a high

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Delivered with visceral excitement and awe-inspiring majesty, Ralph Vaughan Williams' "A Sea Symphony" (1909) receives one of its greatest performances in this glorious super-audio recording by Richard Hickox and the London Symphony Orchestra, one to rival its predecessors and to set a high standard for others to emulate in the future. A setting of stirring poetry by Walt Whitman, this optimistic and heroic pæan to the world's oceans and sailors has never sounded warmer, richer, or deeper thanks to Chandos' direct stream digital reproduction and the amazingly realistic multichannel mix that is so vivid and evocative one expects to feel a bit "of dashing spray and the winds piping and blowing" from the speakers. With impassioned solos from baritone Gerald Finley, notably in "On the Beach at Night, Alone," and soprano Susan Gritton, and backed by the grand London Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the singing is gorgeous throughout and imbued with a reverence that makes this performance utterly convincing and profoundly moving. Because the frequency range is extremely wide, listeners may find the softest passages are almost too quiet, particularly at the end of the second movement and in the distant choral passages in "The Explorers," but the dynamics are well adjusted in the rest of the movements and virtually all internal parts and orchestral details can be heard clearly. The filler piece, Vaughan Williams' entertaining "Overture to The Wasps," is presented up front and serves as an appetizer for "A Sea Symphony," though many will want to skip ahead to hear the larger work, which is sure to satisfy.

Editorial Reviews

Toronto Star - John Terauds
1/2 It's a treat for lovers of the lush orchestral sound produced by the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Hickox. The chorus is beautifully nuanced and balanced and the vocal solos are excellent.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115504727
catalogNumber:
5047
Rank:
83132

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Tracks

  1. The Wasps, Aristophanic Suite, for orchestra from the incidental music: Overture
  2. Symphony No. 1 for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra ("A Sea Symphony")

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