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Vaughan Williams, Ralph - A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1) - Hickox, Richard (conductor)

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A Sea Symphony is Vaughan Williams’s response to Walt Whitman’s inspirational, visionary verse. It is recorded here from the June 2006 highly-praised performance by London Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus with soloists Gerald Finley and Susan Gritton, and Richard Hickox at the helm. The symphony is coupled with his much-loved overture to The Wasps and the dynamism of the concert performance is preserved in the surroundsound SA-CD production.

In the early years of the 20th century, the sea was a popular subject among composers, for along with the poetry of Walt Whitman. Settings by Stanford, Charles Wood and others paved the way for Vaughan Williams, who brought these inspirations together in A Sea Symphony, a full-scale choral symphony for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra. Much of the music is descriptive of the sea, particularly ‘The Waves’, but in the other movements the sea becomes a metaphor for a voyage into eternity. In this performance, its arresting opening, the choral exhortation ‘Behold the Sea’, is dispatched in style by the London Symphony Chorus. Hickox brings out the optimistic tone, and Whitman’s emphasis on the unity of being and the brotherhood of man comes through strongly; there is no mistaking the physical exhilaration or the visionary rapture. This is fundamental Vaughan Williams, conducted by the best British music interpreter of our generation. If you have loved the Hickox, LSO and Chandos combination previously – this is an essential addition to the collection.
Susan Gritton, soprano
Gerald Finley, baritone
London Symphony Chorus; London Symphony Orchestra/
Richard Hickox

Ralph Vaughan Williams
Overture to 'The Wasps' for orchestra
From the Aristophanic Suite
1. Allegro vivace

A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1)
for soprano and baritone soli, chorus and orchestra
2. A Song for All Seas, All Ships
Moderato maestoso
3. On the Beach at Night, Alone
Largo sostenuto
4. Scherzo. The Waves
Allegro brillante
5. The Explorers
Grave e molto adagio
Artikelnummer CHSA5047
Streckkod 0095115504727
Utgivningsdatum 2007-02-14
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Chandos
Enhet SACD
Antal enheter 1
Artister Hickox, Richard (conductor)
Dirigenter Hickox, Richard
Kompositörer Vaughan Williams, Ralph
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