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Vaughan Williams: Symphonies 7 & 8 / Bakels, Bournemouth So

Release Date: 08/25/1998 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8550737   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  David TimsonLynda Russell
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony OrchestraWaynflete Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Naxos has very intelligently included the spoken superscriptions for each movement of the "Antartica" at the end of the disc, so those who want them (a minority, to be sure) can program them in. Kees Bakels and his Bournemouth forces lead excellent performances of both works, and it's particularly gratifying to be able to report that both the conductor and the recording engineers seems to have taken pains to ensure that the special percussion effects in both symphonies are well caught. Of course, the music itself is splendid. The Sinfonia antartica (a.k.a. the film score to Scott of the Antarctic) takes up where Holst's Planets left off, and fans of that work will love this icy-sounding sequel. The Eighth Symphony, with its fabulous finale Read more employing "all the 'phones and 'spiels known to the composer," deserves to be much more popular than it is. That last movement is a humdinger! So while you're waiting to hear these two masterworks of the composer's old age in a live concert, why not shell out a few bucks and enjoy them at home?

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

Symphony no 7 "Sinfonia antartica" by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  David Timson (Spoken Vocals), Lynda Russell (Soprano)
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra,  Waynflete Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949-1952; England 
Symphony no 8 in D minor by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Kees Bakels
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; England 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 7, "Sinfonia antartica": I. Prelude: Andante maestoso-Lento-Poco animato-Piu mosso-Tranquillo-Andante...- Largamente
Symphony No. 7, "Sinfonia antartica": II. Scherzo: Moderato
Symphony No. 7, "Sinfonia antartica": III. Landscape: Lento -
Symphony No. 7, "Sinfonia antartica": IV. Intermezzo: Andante sostenuto-Allegretto-Pesante-Tempo primo tranquillo
Symphony No. 7, "Sinfonia antartica": V. Epilogue: Alla marcia, moderato (non troppo allegro) - Andante maestoso
Symphony No. 8 in D minor: I. Fantasia: Moderato-Presto-Andante...-Allegretto-Andante...-Allegro...-Andante...-Largamente-Tempo I
Symphony No. 8 in D minor: II. Scherzo alla Marcia (per stromenti a fiato): Allegro alla marcia - Andante - Tempo primo
Symphony No. 8 in D minor: III. Cavatina (Per stromenti ad arco): Lento espressivo
Symphony No. 8 in D minor: IV. Toccata: Moderato maestoso
Movement superscriptions for Sinfonia antartica: I. Prelude: 'To suffer woes which Hope thinks infinite' (Shelley: Prometheus Unbound)
Movement superscriptions for Sinfonia antartica: II. Scherzo: 'There go the ships' (Book of Common Prayer, Psalm 104)
Movement superscriptions for Sinfonia antartica: III. Landscape: 'Ye Ice Falls!' (Coleridge: Hymn before Sunrise, in the Vale of Chamouni)
Movement superscriptions for Sinfonia antartica: IV. Intermezzo: 'Love, all alike' (Donne: The Sun Rising)
Movement superscriptions for Sinfonia antartica: V. Epilogue: 'I do not regret this journey' (Captain Scott: Message to the Public)

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