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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Complete Symphonies

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CHSA 5303
 
Multiple Set of 6 CDs
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Complete Symphonies
Release Date: June 2022
Solo soprano †
Susan Gritton
Solo baritone †
Gerald Finley
Solo soprano ‡
Rebecca Evans
Solo soprano ¶
Mari Eriksmoen
Choral ¶
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra
Conductor *
Richard Hickox
Conductor §
Sir Andrew Davis
Genre:
Orchestral & Concertos
Vocal & Song

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COMPACT DISC NUMBER ONE

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

The Complete Symphonies

A Sea Symphony (Symphony No.1) *†

66:24
for Soprano and Baritone Soli, Chorus and Orchestra
1.
1
A Song for All Seas, All Ships
19:09
Moderato maestoso
2.
2
On the Beach at Night, Alone
10:56
Largo sostenuto
3.
3
Scherzo. The Waves
7:54
Allegro brillante
4.
4
The Explorers
28:23
Grave e molto adagio
Total time: 66:22
 
 
 
COMPACT DISC NUMBER TWO
world premiere recording

A London Symphony (Symphony No.2) *

61:27
Original 1913 version
1.
I
Lento - Allegro risoluto
15:07
2.
II
Lento
16:17
3.
III
Scherzo (Nocturne). Allegro vivace - Andantino
11:07
4.
IV
Andante con moto - Maestoso alla marcia (quasi lento) -
18:54
Total time: 61:25
 
 
 
COMPACT DISC THREE

Pastoral Symphony (Syphony No.3) *‡

39:05
1.
I
Molto moderato - Poco tranquillo - Tempo I - Largamente - Tempo I
10:44
2.
II
Lento moderato - Poco tranquillo, tempo rubato - Tempo I
10:23
3.
III
Moderato pesante - Poco animato - A tempo - Presto
6:32
4.
IV
Lento - Moderato maestoso - Animato - Poco più lento - Tempo I
11:14

Symhony No.4 *

31:51
in F Minor • in f-Moll • en fa mineur
5.
I
Allegro - Meno mosso - Largamente - Lento
8:07
6.
II
Andante moderato - Tranquillo
10:13
7.
III
Scherzo. Allegro molto -
5:02
8.
IV
Finale con Epilogue Fugato. Allegro molto - Lento (non troppo) -
8:28
Total time: 70:43
 
 
 
COMPACT DISC FOUR

Symphony No.5 *

39:33
in D Major • in D-Dur • en ré majeur
1.
I
Preludio. Moderato
12:17
2.
II
Scherzo. Presto misterioso
4:57
3.
III
Romanza. Lento
12:01
4.
IV
Passacaglia. Moderato
10:00

Symphony No.6 *

35:30
in E Minor • in e-Moll • en mi mineur
To Michael Mullinar
5.
I
Allegro - Poco animato - Tranquillo
7:23
6.
II
Moderato
10:53
7.
III
Scherzo, Allegro vivace
6:20
8.
IV
Epilogue. Moderato
10:53
Total time: 74:44
 
 
 
COMPACT DISC NUMBER FIVE

Sinfonia Antartica (Symphony No.7) § ¶

41:40
for Soprano Solo, Female Chorus and Orchestra
To Ernest Irving
1.
1
Prelude. Andante maestoso - Largamente - Lento - Poco più mosso -
9:31
2.
2
Scherzo, Moderato - Poco animando - Moderato - Poco animato -
5:47
3.
3
Landscape. Lento - Andante sostenuto - Lento - Poco meno lento -
10:31
4.
4
Intermezzo. Andante sostenuto - Allegretto - Pesante -
6:14
5.
5
Epilogue. Alla marcia, moderato (non troppo allegro) - Lento -
9:22

Symphony No.9 §

33:32
in E Minor • in e-Moll • en mi mineur
Dedicated to the Royal Philharmonic Society
Martin Winter flugelhorn
6.
I
Moderato maestoso - Tranquillo
9:03
7.
II
Andante sostenuto - Poco animando -
7:35
8.
III
Scherzo. Allegro pesante - [ ] - Tempo del principio -
5:39
9.
IV
Andante tranquillo - Poco animato - Tempo I - Andante sostenuto -
11:07
Total time: 74:49
 
 
 
COMPACT DISC NUMBER SIX

Symphony No.8 *

28:29
in D Minor • in d-Moll • en ré mineur
Dedicated to John Barbirolli
1.
I
Fantasia (Variazioni senza tema)
10:42
Moderato - Presto - Andante sostenuto - Allegretto -
2.
II
Scherzo alla marcia
3:41
Per gli stromenti a vento
Allegro alla marcia - Andante - Tempo I
3.
III
Cavatina
9:04
Per gli stromenti a corde
Lento espressivo
4.
IV
Toccata colle campanelle
5:01
Moderato maestoso

Ralph Vaughan Williams reminisces

28:42
Lecture broadcast by the BBC on 17 November 1955
5.
Broadcast Introduction -
0:28
6.
Lecture Introduction -
0:55
7.
Ralph Vaughan Williams discusses Parry -
13:35
8.
Ralph Vaughan Williams discusses Stanford
13:43
9.

Barbara Hooper interviews Sir John Barbirolli

5:31
The conductor recalls Ralph Vaughan Williams on the day of the
composer's death, 26 August 1958, in an interview broadcast on that day
10.

Robert Layton interviews Sir Adrian Boult

8:25
The conductor discusses Vaughan Williams's Symphonies Nos 3 and 4
in an interview broadcast on 31 March 1966
11.

Ursula Vaughan Williams reminisces

6:47
His widow shares memories of Vaughan Williams in an interview
broadcast on 1 April 1965
Total time: 77:52
Solo: Susan Gritton soprano †
Solo: Gerald Finley baritone †
Solo: Rebecca Evans soprano ‡
Solo: Mari Eriksmoen soprano ¶
Choral: London Symphony Chorus
Joseph Cullen chorus director
Choral: Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Håkon Matti Skrede chorus master
Choral: Edvard Grieg Kor
Håkon Matti Skrede chorus master
Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
Stephanie Gonley (No.1) • Gordan Nikolitch (No.2) •
Markus Wolf (No.3) • Michael Davis (No.6,8) leaders
Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra §
David Stewart (No.7) • Alexander Kagan (No.9) leaders
Conductor: Richard Hickox *
Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis §






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