Vaughan Williams - Symphonies | Melodiya MELCD1002170

Vaughan Williams - Symphonies

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Label: Melodiya

Cat No: MELCD1002170

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 6

Release Date: 2nd June 2014

Contents

Artists

Tatiana Smoryakova (soprano)
Boris Vasiliev (baritone)
Elena Dof-Donskaya (soprano)
Choir of the Leningrad Music Society
Choir of the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College
USSR State Chamber Choir
State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture

Conductor

Gennady Rozhdestvensky

Works

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Symphony no.1 'A Sea Symphony'
Symphony no.2 'A London Symphony'
Symphony no.3 'Pastoral Symphony'
Symphony no.4 in F minor
Symphony no.5 in D major
Symphony no.6 in E minor
Symphony no.7 'Sinfonia antartica'
Symphony no.8 in D minor
Symphony no.9 in E minor

Artists

Tatiana Smoryakova (soprano)
Boris Vasiliev (baritone)
Elena Dof-Donskaya (soprano)
Choir of the Leningrad Music Society
Choir of the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College
USSR State Chamber Choir
State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture

Conductor

Gennady Rozhdestvensky

About

Melodiya presents a complete set of Ralph Vaughan Williamsís symphonies conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky.

Vaughan Williams was one of the largest figures of the English Musical Renaissance, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A composer, conductor, organist, folklore student and publicist, Vaughan Williams today is mostly known for his large-scale symphonic works.

The English composerís nine symphonies sequentially reflect the evolution of his creative style (the first one was composed in 1903, and the last one not long before he died in 1958). Each of them seems to be a continuation, a development of the previous one (a sort of 'chapters of one novel'), but neither repeats any other one in structure, composition, concept or music. Some of the symphonies are closely connected with national poetry (Walt Whitman), episodes from the English history or pictures of native countryside.

Absorbing a wide range of sources realized in Vaughan Williamsí style Ė from old folk songs and religious hymns to musical impressionism and jazz Ė his symphonies are notable for expressive figurativeness and melodic resourcefulness, and open to any keen ear.

The recordings of Vaughan Williamsís symphonies performed by the prominent conductor and recognized master of interpretation of 20th century music were made at concerts in 1988Ė1989 in Leningrad.

Contents:
CD 1

- A Sea Symphony (No.1) on texts by Whitman
Tatiana Smoryakova (soprano), Boris Vasiliev (baritone)
Choir of the Leningrad Music Society, Choir of the Rimsky-Korsakov Music College
Total time: 65.57

CD 2
- A London Symphony (No.2)
Total time: 43.35

CD 3
- A Pastoral Symphony (No.3)
- Symphony No.4 in F minor

Elena Dof-Donskaya (soprano)
Total time: 73.15

CD 4
- Symphony No.5 in D major
Total time: 41.23

CD 5
- Symphony No.6 in E minor
- Sinfonia antartica (No.7)

Elena Dof-Donskaya (soprano), USSR State Chamber Choir
Total time: 77.07

CD 6
- Symphony No.8 in D minor
- Symphony No.9 in E minor

Total time: 65.39

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