- Performer: Norma Burrowes
- Orchestra: London Philharmonic Chorus, London Philharmonic Orchestra
- Conductor: John Alldis, Adrian Boult
- Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
- Audio CD (October 11, 1991)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EMI Classics
- ASIN: B000002S2Q
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica/The Wasps
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The thematic concept foreshadows the resurgence of spirit previously seen and heard in the film 'Scott of the Antarctic' and its music. Therefore, the symphony has much of a motion picture, "soundtrack-like" temperament ; still, the symphonic form stands as the core of this huge work. There is no denying of the composer's mastery of form and harmonic coloring for, as orchestral parts should go, this symphony is every bit as much efficient as his best film scores. Interpretation can do the difference, however, with more or less of a "straight" symphonic approach or within the confines of a "cinemascopic treatment"--variable from one conductor/orchestra to another. Which is exactly why one can guess, even without knowing the roots of the symphony in the first place, that it all was strongly built on music for a motion picture.Read more ›
Boult concentrates on its worth as a symphony. A highly original one with experiments in sound that look well ahead to what came a decade and more later. Am I alone in hearing touches that avant-gardists like Ligeti worked further in the 1960s? The quiet introduction and closing solos of the central landscape movement over the tonal clusters of strings, woodwind, harp and the like? After getting the 'big' parts of this work into perspective, I find it's the startling, quiet, background tensions that point this music forward.
An unparalleled feat perhaps from a great composer getting greater as he grew older.
Quite remarkable invention with wonderful freshness from a man born in 1873! With that looking forward, whilst not forgetting what looks back, that is the hallmark of this 20th century great.
This record is the best performance available and incredible. Sir Adrian Boult feels the pain of his countrymen and the orchestra too. For englishmen this was one of the sadest happenings of the 20th century
I bought this record after hearing it live in Mexico city, that was a great performance. I had a previous CD on the complete Leonard Slatkin Vaughan Williams symphonies, but I like this one a lot more.
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Vaughan Williams is a boss composer. His Seventh symphony is one of the eeriest pieces of music I've ever heard. The wordless chorus is a cool musical technique as well. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Matthew Tadyshak
This is my favorite interpretation of Vaughan Williams' Symphony No. 7, at least on most days. Although Haitink's is compelling, I'm unfortunately put off by, of all things, the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by J. R. Trtek
Sir Adrian Boult left behind two recordings of the Vaughan Williams Sinfonia Antartica, and the general consensus is that his earlier one, done in mono for Decca Records in 1953,... Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Bruce Eder
If you only like quiet, peaceful classical music, look elsewhere, because the Sinfonia Antartica will knock your socks off-literally. Read morePublished on July 13, 2008 by Emily