Martyn Brabbins and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform one of the mightiest of first symphonies ever written. Vaughan Williams's setting of Walt Whitman creates a very special sense of occasion. The coupling is Vaughan Williams's later, virtually unknown, setting of Whitman's ''Darest thou now, O soul'' for chorus and strings.
His is a painstakingly prepared and intelligently paced conception, combining a perceptive awareness of the grander scheme (climaxes are built and resolved with unerring authority), exemplary attention to detail and mastery of texture. The BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra respond withRead more thrilling accomplishment and unflagging enthusiasm.
The BBC Symphony Orchestra makes its own vividly virtuosic contribution, not least in the scherzo movement, ‘The waves’; credit is due also to Martyn Brabbins, in expert control of the work’s internal balance and its dramatic pacing, and to the production team in Blackheath Concert Halls.
Symphony no 1 "A sea symphony"by Ralph Vaughan Williams Performer:
Elizabeth Llewellyn (Soprano),
Marcus Farnsworth (Baritone)
BBC Symphony Orchestra,
BBC Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century Written: 1903-1909; England
Darest thou now, O soulby Ralph Vaughan Williams Conductor:
BBC Symphony Chorus,
BBC Symphony Orchestra members