Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony


Released On
4th Sep 2015

Product Code
CD HLL 7542

Vaughan Williams

Sir Mark Elder

Katherine Broderick, Soprano
Roderick Williams, Baritone
Hallé Choir
Hallé Youth Choir
Schola Cantorum of Oxford
Ad Solem


I. A Song for All Seas, All Ships
II. On the Beach at Night Alone
III. Scherzo: The Waves
IV. The Explorers

‘This matchless concert of British music closed with an outstanding performance, among the finest ever, of A Sea Symphony… This was the first time Sir Mark Elder had conducted the work, which made the completeness of his interpretation, at once controlled and ecstatic, all the more startling. I can’t imagine the work being better played…’

Guardian review of the March 2014 performance at The Bridgewater Hall.

Hallé announces their latest release, of Vaughan Williams’ masterpiece in a live recording from the stunning 2014 Bridgewater Hall performance.

Release follows hugely successful previous Vaughan Williams volumes including:

Symphonies No.5 & No.8 (CD HLL 7533) – Sunday Times Album of the Week and Music Web Recording of the Month (April 2013); Gramophone ‘Editor’s Choice’ (May 2013)
Symphony No.2 ‘London’/Oboe Concerto (CD HLL 7529) – BBC Radio 3 CD Review Disc of the Week (31 December 2011)
Recording features multi-award winning Hallé Choirs, featured on acclaimed previous albums including:

  • Elgar: Dream of Gerontius (CD HLD 7520) – Gramophone Award 2009
  • Elgar: The Kingdom (CD HLD 7526) – Gramophone Award 2011
  • Elgar: The Apostles (CD HLD 7534) – Gramophone Award 2013; BBC Music Magazine 2013 Choral Award & Record of the Year

The work is a full-scale choral symphony (for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra) with a vast, mystical setting of texts by the American poet Walt Whitman.

Much of the music is descriptive of the sea, particularly The Waves, but in the other movements the sea becomes a metaphor for a voyage into eternity.

After a seven year gestation A Sea Symphony was premiered in October 1910 and was received rapturously, establishing Vaughan Williams as the leading English figure in the post-Elgar generation.