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Vaughan Williams: Job, The Wasps; Arnold / Boult, Arnold


Release Date: 10/25/1994 
Label:  Vanguard   Catalog #: 9006   Spars Code: AAD 
Composer:  Ralph Vaughan WilliamsMalcolm Arnold
Performer:  Henry Datyner
Conductor:  Sir Adrian BoultSir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

This performance of Job is, as one would expect, one of enormous dedication and considerable insight, achieving a rare serenity, movingly realized.

Here is the third of Sir Adrian Boult's four recordings of Job, a work he conducted with peerless authority for over 40 years (he was, of course, the score's dedicatee). Dating from 1958, the performance is, as one would expect, one of enormous dedication and considerable insight, achieving a rare serenity in Scene 3 ("Minuet of the Sons of Job and their Wives"), Scene 5 ("Dance of the Three Messengers") and, above all, in the Epilogue, which is as movingly realized as I can ever recall. However, the chosen venue of London's Royal Albert Hall evidently
Read more brought problems for the Everest recording team: it's an odd sound, tightly miked and rather lacking in body, with brass balance (trombones especially) closer than is ideal. Nor was the London Philharmonic in the healthiest of shape at the time: string tone can be unreliable and intonation occasionally suspect. If memory serves, both of Boult's earlier, deleted, mono recordings (made, respectively, for HMV in 1946 and Decca in 1954--reviewed 6/46 and 8/54) had more fire and sheer intensity than either the present version or his HMV account with the LSO from 1970 (formerly on Studio, 11/88--nla). Now that Belart have started to restore Boult's magnificent Decca Vaughan Williams symphony cycle within their super-budget series, perhaps they could also consider transferring to CD Sir Adrian's second (and in many ways most impressive) account of this masterpiece?

Boult also directs a cherishable, delectably pointed rendering of The Wasps Overture, whose glorious central melody really does seem to unfold with all the time in the world here. Finally, Sir Malcolm Arnold conducts his own, irresistibly tuneful Scottish Dances, with results that are perhaps more spirited, if rather less refined, than his superlatively engineered Lyrita remake. The Walthamstow sound in both these items is impressively vivid for its late1950s vintage. All in all, then, a very useful and welcome reissue.

-- Gramophone [5/1995]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Job by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Performer:  Henry Datyner (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1930; England 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 37 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was originally released in June 1959 as the record LP SDBR 3019. 
2.
The wasps: Overture by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 10 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Scottish Dances (4), Op. 59 by Malcolm Arnold
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Arnold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1957; England 
Venue:  London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Notes: This selection was originally released in April 1959 as the record LP SDBR 3021. 

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