Vaughan Williams - Sinfonia Antartica, Concerto for 2 Pianos, Four Last Songs | Chandos CHSA5186

Vaughan Williams - Sinfonia Antartica, Concerto for 2 Pianos, Four Last Songs

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5186

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 29th September 2017

Contents

Artists

Mari Eriksmoen (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Helene Mercier (piano)
Louis Lortie (piano)
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Edvard Grieg Kor
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Davis

Works

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Concerto in C major for 2 pianos
Four Last Songs (orch. A Payne)
Symphony no.7 'Sinfonia antartica'

Artists

Mari Eriksmoen (soprano)
Roderick Williams (baritone)
Helene Mercier (piano)
Louis Lortie (piano)
Bergen Philharmonic Choir
Edvard Grieg Kor
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Andrew Davis

About

This is the eagerly awaited final volume in our historic series of Vaughan Williams’s Symphonies, started about twenty-five years ago by the late Richard Hickox, and recently continued by that other expert in British repertoire, Sir Andrew Davis.

The album features an exceptional cast and a rare combination of repertoire. While the indefatigable piano duo Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier tackle the virtuosic Double Piano Concerto, the baritone Roderick Williams OBE offers breathtaking interpretations of the rarely heard, yet passionate Four Last Songs, in Anthony Payne’s delicate and imaginative orchestration, premiered at the BBC Proms only four years ago. Vaughan Williams based the disc’s centrepiece, the majestic Sinfonia Antartica, on music he had written for the film Scott of the Antarctic only a few years before, stunningly evoking the implacable, frozen landscape of the Antarctic.

All are supported by the impeccable Bergen orchestra and choirs and recorded in surround-sound. This album is a very special one, as is the now complete series.

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