Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (6 CD)

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Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (6 CD)

  • Disc number in the directory: MEL CD 1002170
  • Recorded: 1988-1989
  • Release: 2014

ABOUT ALBUM

Firma Melodiya presents a complete set of Ralph Vaughan Williams's symphonies conducted by Gennady Rozhdestvensky. The name of this English composer is not yet well known to Russian listeners. Meanwhile, Vaughan Williams was one of the largest figures of the so-called English Musical Renaissance, a movement 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 composer's 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 Williams's style – from old folk songs and religious hymns to musical impressionism and jazz – his symphonies are notable for expressive figurativeness and melodic resourcefulness, and open to any keen ear. The recordings of Vaughan Williams's symphonies performed by the prominent conductor and recognized master of interpretation of 20th century music were made at concerts in 1988-1989 in Leningrad.

Track list

  • 21 Symphony No. 6 in E Minor: I. Allegro 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 22 Symphony No. 6 in E Minor: II. Moderato 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 23 Symphony No. 6 in E Minor: III. Scherzo 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 24 Symphony No. 6 in E Minor: IV. Epilogue 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 25 Sinfonia Antarctica: I. Prelude 
    Elena Dof-Donskaya, The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture, The USSR State Chamber Choir (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 26 Sinfonia Antarctica: II. Scherzo 
    Elena Dof-Donskaya, The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture, The USSR State Chamber Choir (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 27 Sinfonia Antarctica: III. Landscape 
    Elena Dof-Donskaya, The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture, The USSR State Chamber Choir (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 28 Sinfonia Antarctica: IV. Intermezzo 
    Elena Dof-Donskaya, The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture, The USSR State Chamber Choir (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 29 Sinfonia Antarctica: V. Epilogue 
    Elena Dof-Donskaya, The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture, The USSR State Chamber Choir (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 30 Symphony No. 8 in D Minor: I. Fantasia 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 31 Symphony No. 8 in D Minor: II. Scherzo alla Marcia 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 32 Symphony No. 8 in D Minor: III. Cavatina 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 33 Symphony No. 8 in D Minor: IV. Toccata 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 34 Symphony No. 9 in E Minor: I. Moderato maestoso 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 35 Symphony No. 9 in E Minor: II. Andante sostenuto 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 36 Symphony No. 9 in E Minor: III. Scherzo 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 37 Symphony No. 9 in E Minor: IV. Andante tranquillo 
    The State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture (Ralph Vaughan Williams)
  • 38 Симфония № 6, ми минор: I. Allegro 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    08:00
  • 39 Симфония № 6, ми минор: II. Moderato 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    10:12
  • 40 Симфония № 6, ми минор: III. Scherzo 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    06:12
  • 41 Симфония № 6, ми минор: IV. Epilogue 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    14:34
  • 42 Симфония № 7 - "Антарктическая": I. Prelude 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Елена Доф-Донская, Государственный камерный хор СССР (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    10:08
  • 43 Симфония № 7 - "Антарктическая": II. Scherzo 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Елена Доф-Донская, Государственный камерный хор СССР (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    05:25
  • 44 Симфония № 7 - "Антарктическая": III. Landscape 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Елена Доф-Донская, Государственный камерный хор СССР (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    09:02
  • 45 Симфония № 7 - "Антарктическая": IV. Intermezzo 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Елена Доф-Донская, Государственный камерный хор СССР (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    04:55
  • 46 Симфония № 7 - "Антарктическая": V. Epilogue 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra, Елена Доф-Донская, Государственный камерный хор СССР (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    08:15
  • 47 Симфония № 8, ре минор: I. Fantasia 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    09:38
  • 48 Симфония № 8, ре минор: II. Scherzo alla Marcia 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    03:30
  • 49 Симфония № 8, ре минор: III. Cavatina 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    08:49
  • 50 Симфония № 8, ре минор: IV. Toccata 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    05:55
  • 51 Симфония № 9, ми минор: I. Moderato maestoso 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    10:40
  • 52 Симфония № 9, ми минор: II. Andante sostenuto 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    07:40
  • 53 Симфония № 9, ми минор: III. Scherzo 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    05:53
  • 54 Симфония № 9, ми минор: IV. Andante tranquillo 
    Gennady Rozhdestvensky, The USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra (Ральф Воан-Вильямс)
    13:28