Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 7

Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 7 "Sinfonia antartica" & 8

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by Kees Bakels

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  1. Symphony No. 7 for soprano, small female chorus & orchestra with narrator ad lib ("Sinfonia Antartica")
  2. Symphony No. 8 in D minor
  3. Prometheus Unbound: To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite
  4. Work(s): There go the ships (Book of Common Prayer, Psalm 1
  5. Hymn before Sunrise, in the Vale of Chamouni: Ye Ice falls! (poem)
  6. The Sunne Rising (spoken)
  7. I do not regret this journey (Message to the Public) (poem)

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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 7 "Sinfonia antartica" & 8 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most remarkable aspect of this recording is the sound quality. The recording was made using a 20-bit process and the resulting data was carefully dithered to 16 bits. This approach has resulted in a recording that captures, in the Sinfonia Antartica, both the high percussion sounds and the incredibly deep bass of the organ [in this case, an electronic organ, not a pipe organ]. The performance is a fine one, with slightly faster tempos than most other recordings, but this only helps to keep the sense of forward momentum. The movement superscriptions are placed at the end of the disc and can be programmed in if desired. I found the reader, David Timson, not to my liking - someone with a voice that projected more would have been a better choice. I haven't listened to Symphony No. 8 yet, so no review or rating of that.