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BBC Music - Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony (Vol. 12, No. 12) [CD, Import]

Ralph Vaughan Williams , Leonard Slatkin , Stephen Jackson , Joan Rodgers , Simon Keenlyside , BBC Symphony Chorus , BBC Philharmonic Chorus , Trinity College of Music Chamber Choir , BBC Symphony Orchestra Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD, Import
  • Label: BBC Music
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • ASIN: B00147OI9C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #261,077 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Track Listing - 1) A Song For All Seas, All Ships 2) On the Beach at Night, Alone 3) (Scherzo) The Waves 4) The Explorers

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5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious! September 30, 2009
THE FIRST and most audacious symphony composed by Ralph Vaughan Williams, `A Sea Symphony', brings to mind some vivid images of the mighty ocean and its overwhelming powers on both the imagination and aspirations of man. Such tremendous work in stature is nearly comparable to the great symphonies of Mahler (think about the First, Sixth or Ninth) or even to Bruckner's. But the parallel stops here, for Vaughan Williams's famous symphonic work is a truly different beast made with a different kind of fabrics. Perhaps should we find common ground--cautiously--with Beethoven's `Choral Symphony' (the Ninth) in some particular basic features shared by the two of them. But what is certainly "related to" that First Symphony is the orchestral music of other eminent British composers such as Elgar, Parry, Stanford and Holst (check out for a few ambiguous insinuations to `The Planets' in the first, second and third movements).

The symphonic cycle of Vaughan Williams is like a journey, a metaphorical travelogue, beginning pertinently with the departure, setting sail starting with `A Sea Symphony', on the move `til the landfall carrying to the city lights of London, then visiting the pastoral countryside of France, proceeding from the serene landscapes of the Fifth to the frozen desolation of the `Antartica', not forgetting the rugged topographies of the Fourth and Sixth, the jolly places of the Eighth and the mystic aura of the Ninth. In that view `A Sea Symphony' occupies a fundamental space as the groundwork of this symphonic canon; we could see the First Symphony as a key to "understand" the ensuing works in the cycle, although i suspect the composer would refute any sort of idea regarding a predefined program or design.
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