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Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony

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£12.99

Released On
4th Sep 2015

Product Code
CD HLL 7542

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Composer
Vaughan Williams

Conductor
Sir Mark Elder

Soloists/Artists
Katherine Broderick, Soprano
Roderick Williams, Baritone
Hallé Choir
Hallé Youth Choir
Schola Cantorum of Oxford
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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872-1958)
A SEA SYMPHONY

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.