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British Composers - Vaughan Williams: Symphonies / Sir Adrian Boult


Release Date: 01/10/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 0874842  
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Sheila ArmstrongJohn Carol Case
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Philharmonic ChoirNew Philharmonia Orchestra
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sir Adrian Boult (1889–1983) gave three symphonic premières of Vaughan Williams and recorded the symphonies twice. Here, in vintage 1960s stereo from Kingsway Hall and Abbey Road, are the finest fruits of his Indian summer in the recording studio. Composer and conductor, matched to measure, share in sound a vision of humanity and hard-won experience transcendent over half a century: from Whitman and the Sea Symphony to the last, late wintry wordless music of Scott of the Antarctic and Thomas Hardy.

Ralph Vaughan Williams’s career as a symphonist may be divided into three periods: there are the two symphonies he composed before 1914, the three between the wars, and the four between 1944 and his death in 1958 at the age
Read more of 85. (The Fifth Symphony is an untidy straddler, since it was begun in 1938 but not completed until 1943; much of its music, however, belongs to the inter-war period, as we shall see.) During the first 35 years of Vaughan Williams’s life, the leading British symphonists were Stanford and Parry, both of whom were his teachers; but it would be a bold critic who could detect their influence when it comes to VW’s orchestral music. We can, however, detect a general influence of Elgar—The Dream of Gerontius (1900) in particular, rather than the two symphonies of 1908 and 1911—on the composer of A Sea Symphony (1903–9) and A London Symphony (1910–13).
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Sheila Armstrong (Soprano), John Carol Case (Baritone)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1903-1909; England 
Language: English 
2.
Symphony no 2 "London" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913/1920; England 
3.
Symphony no 3 "Pastoral" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
4.
Symphony no 4 in F minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931-1934; England 
5.
Symphony no 5 in D major by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1938-1943; England 
6.
Symphony no 6 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944-1947; England 
7.
Symphony no 7 "Sinfonia antartica" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1952; England 
8.
Symphony no 8 in D minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 
9.
Symphony no 9 in E minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956-1957; England 

Sound Samples

A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso): Behold the sea itself (chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso): Today a rude brief recitative (baritone & chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso): Flaunt out, O sea, your separate flags of nations (soprano & chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso): Token of all brave captains (chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships (Moderato maestoso): A pennant universal (baritone, soprano & chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), II. On the Beach at Night, Alone (Largo sostenuto): On the beach, at night, alone (baritone & semi-chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), II. On the Beach at Night, Alone (Largo sostenuto): A vast similitude interlocks all (baritone & chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster): III. Scherzo: The Waves (Allegro brillante)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): O vast Rondure, swimming in Space (chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): Down from the gardens of Asia descending (chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): O we can wait no longer (baritone & soprano)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): O thou transcendent (soprano, baritone & chorus)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): Greater than stars or suns (chorus, soprano & baritone)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): Sail forth (chorus, soprano & baritone)
A Sea Symphony (1986 Digital Remaster), IV. The Explorers (Grave e molto adagio - Andante cono moto): O my brave Soul (soprano, baritone & chorus)
A London Symphony: I. Lento - Allegro risoluto (molto pesante)
A London Symphony: II. Lento
A London Symphony: III. Scherzo (Nocturne): Allegro vivace
A London Symphony: IV. Andante con moto - Maestoso alla marcia (quasi lento) - Allegro - Maestoso alla marcia (alla I) - Epilogue (Andante sostenuto)
A Pastoral Symphony (1991 - Remaster): I. Molto moderato
A Pastoral Symphony (1991 - Remaster): II. Lento moderato
A Pastoral Symphony (1991 - Remaster): III. Moderato pesante - Presto
A Pastoral Symphony (1991 - Remaster): IV. Lento - Moderato maestoso

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