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Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antarctica, Sea Songs / Slatkin


Release Date: 01/28/2010 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 61195   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Linda HohenfeldJohn AndersonLeslie Pearson
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraPhilharmonia Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 53 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

A towering and majestic performance.

Slatkin gives a towering and majestic performance of the Sinfonia Antartica (No. 7), which evolved from RVW’s score for the film Scott of the Antarctic. It must be regarded as the best modern choice, eclipsing even Haitink’s impressive EMI recording. Slatkin’s Antarctic wilderness chills you to the bone. You smile at the comic dignity of the penguins, are awed at the immensity and weight of the ice wall and thoroughly involved in the human tragedy. A glowing account of the lovely Dives and Lazarus Variants completes a very attractive issue.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Ian Lace, BBC Music Magazine
A towering and majestic performance.

Slatkin gives a towering and majestic performance of the Sinfonia Antartica (No. 7), which evolved from RVW’s score for the film Scott of the Antarctic. It must be regarded as the best modern choice, eclipsing even Haitink’s impressive EMI recording. Slatkin’s Antarctic wilderness chills you to the bone. You smile at the comic dignity of the penguins, are awed at the immensity and weight of the ice wall and thoroughly involved in the human tragedy. A glowing account of the lovely Dives and Lazarus Variants completes a very attractive issue.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Ian Lace, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 7 "Sinfonia antartica" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Linda Hohenfeld (Soprano), John Anderson (Oboe), Leslie Pearson (Organ)
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philharmonia Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1952; England 
Date of Recording: 1991 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 44 Minutes 13 Secs. 
2. Variants (5) of 'Dives and Lazarus' by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1939; England 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 10 Minutes 5 Secs. 
3. Sea Songs by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 

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