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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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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. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Powerfully Atmospheric July 24, 2014 By c. taylor (Clipper Mills, CA) See All My Reviews "I have long loved the music of Vaughan Williams and had to get his Sinfonia Antarctica when I needed to write a piece on that forbidding continent. The Sinfonia so powerfully evokes the mysterious and shattering beauty of the place as I imagine it. There is a searing even at times violent quality to the music. The insertion of a human voice provides a certain transcendant solace. The rolling and lyrical camaraderie of the sea chanteys provide a poignant contrast within the context of global exploration." Report Abuse
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