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Vaughan-Williams: Job

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I think we all know the story. God makes a bet with the Devil to test Job's faith, and it isn't at all clear who wins. What is perfectly clear is that Job loses--he gets thoroughly clobbered, though there's a happy ending when his prosperity and serenity are restored. Vaughan Williams turned this rather depressing story into one of his very greatest works, a magnificent ballet that perfectly captures the personalities of the various protagonists. The music representing God and his foe, Satan, is especially well crafted, and the whole work has long been regarded as the composer's orchestral masterpiece. This excellent performance makes it available to you at budget price, and in fine sound to boot. Can't beat that! --David Hurwitz


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Job: Scene I: Introduction - Pastoral Dance - Satan's Appeal to God - Saraband of the Sons of GodEnglish Northern Philharmonia10:12Album Only
  2. Job: Scene II: Satan's Dance of TriumphEnglish Northern Philharmonia 3:38$0.89  Buy MP3 
  3. Job: Scene III: Minuet of the Sons of Job and Their WivesEnglish Northern Philharmonia 4:06$0.89  Buy MP3 
  4. Job: Scene IV: Job's Dream. Dance of Plague, Pestilence, Famine and BattleEnglish Northern Philharmonia 4:10$0.89  Buy MP3 
  5. Job: Scene V: Dance of the MessengersEnglish Northern Philharmonia 4:49$0.89  Buy MP3 
  6. Job: Scene VI: Dance of Job's Comforters. Job's Curse. A Vision of SatanEnglish Northern Philharmonia 4:45$0.89  Buy MP3 
  7. Job: Scene VII: Elihu's Dance of Youth and Beauty. Pavane of the Sons of the MorningEnglish Northern Philharmonia 6:07$0.89  Buy MP3 
  8. Job: Scene VIII: Galliard Of The Sons Of Morning. Altar Dance And Heavenly PavaneEnglish Northern Philharmonia 5:12$0.89  Buy MP3 
  9. Job: Scene IX: EpilogueEnglish Northern Philharmonia 2:59$0.89  Buy MP3 
10. The Lark AscendingDavid Greed15:03Album Only

Product Details

  • Composer: R. Vaughan Williams
  • Audio CD (June 10, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000014FQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #215,319 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Keith Otis Edwards on December 27, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) was a close friend of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and he considered "Job" to be RVW's masterpiece.

Any music student or aspiring composer would profit by studying the score of Job. Not only is it a fine piece of music, but it contains every possible orchestral effect. (Just don't go nuts with the tuba part like Ralph did.) Unfortunately it's an extremely difficult piece requiring a huge ensemble, and thus it's seldom performed.

I own 4 different recordings of Job, and this one is as good as any of them. I also own a copy of the score (can you tell that I admire the piece?), and if you purchase this CD, drop me a line and I'll send you a PDF copy of the stage directions from the score with the corresponding timings of the CD, so you can see what the music is supposed to represent.

The deep bass of the organ pedals called for in one of the scenes also make this an ideal test record if you're shopping for audio equipment. And if the world does come to an end soon, this'd be the ideal music to play.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eric S. Kim on December 9, 2008
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"Job: A Masque for Dancing" is one of the greatest pieces that Vaughan Williams has ever composed. It's a forty-minute ballet piece that tells of Job being tested by both God & Satan. The music itself is made for a large Wagnerian orchestra that includes an organ, xylophones, a saxophone, and an alto flute. There are lots of complex orchestrations here; not very Stravinsky-like, but more in the likes of Liszt and Wagner. "The Lark Ascending" is a favorite for many RVW fans, and it sounds beautiful. It has a pure English feel to it, and the solo violin should not be ignored.

This CD by Naxos has surprisingly great audio. The bass and treble are perfect, though "Lark" does have a bit of a low volume when compared to the volume of "Job". David Lloyd-Jones and the English Northern Philharmonia (which is part of Opera North) do an incredible job with both pieces. This is one flawless CD that I'll keep unti lthe last years of my life.

A+
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ken Suetterlin on April 5, 2014
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This work is new to me, and I loved it. It has everything that one expects from the composer, the orchestra and the conductor. "The Lark Ascending" is probably one of the most familiar RVW pieces in the repertoire, but David Greed, the soloist re-creates the work with a superb delicacy that draws the listener into the music; and makes one stop and listen very carefully. I would love to see this work on stage with it's original choreography. How stunning that would be! Should one select this CD, even out of curiosity, you will not be disappointed. Ken, the Organist in Marshalltown, Iowa
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lloyd Davis on June 28, 2013
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Vaughan Williams' music straddles the past and the modern. All the elements of his work surface in this "Masque" based on
William Blake's memorable paintings inspired by the book of Job. The introductory pastoral setting depicting Job before
the satan gets permission to make his life as miserable as possible. The modern post World War I composer comes through in the
grim threatening dance that the satan does before the throne of God. The religious element in the composer's works comes through in the depiction of the heavenly arena where Job's fate is being decided.

Lloyd Davis
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Miss Budgie on July 21, 2014
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Great album. It shows some of RVW's darker, more dissonant side, as well as presenting some great themes and melodies. He later set "Galliard Of The Sons Of Morning" to the text of God's speech from the end of the book of Job. It can be found on YouTube, it's called "The Voice Out of the Whirlwind"
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