Started by karlhenning, April 12, 2007, 06:03:44 AM
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Quote from: vandermolen on May 04, 2023, 11:16:25 PMAt work but I'll try to listen later.That concert was on Vaughan Williams's 105th birthday.Boult's objective approach really suits Sinfonia Antartica - his Decca recording with VW in attendance is possibly my favourite version. The later (EMI) recording is very strong although it doesn't have quite the same urgency.I wonder what other people's favourite recording of Sinfonia Antartica is.
Quote from: aukhawk on May 06, 2023, 01:00:20 AMI'm lucky in that the spoken bits don't bother me at all - although some of the more pompous deliveries can be a bit farcical I agree. I'm much more fussy when it comes to the organ contribution and specifically the way it is balanced against the orchestra. Thus I would really like to put Bryden Thomson at the top of my list but unfortunately he is ruled out because of some unfortunate choices made around the organ. (It is small-scale and distant, like some unattainable mirage in the snowscape.) My favourite is Andrew Manze, a good modern recording and ideal organ contribution.That live Boult recording (I'm playing it as I type this) sounds pretty good - on my laptop, I must tranfer a copy to my main rig. It's unusual of course to hear the organ (presumably) live, not dubbed as in almost all non-live recordings. The balance sounds better than Haitink's live recording in the same venue, where the same organ sounds monstrous.Ah - great wind machine work at the end, finally sinking down to leave the choir diminuendo to finish us off. Nicely done.Blimey - according to the back-anno they went on to perform the Sea Symphony after the interval! What a marathon. (Different conductor though.)
Quote from: relm1 on May 04, 2023, 04:47:48 PMI really liked this. Moody and atmospheric. What do others think?
Quote from: aukhawk on May 06, 2023, 01:00:20 AMBlimey - according to the back-anno they went on to perform the Sea Symphony after the interval! What a marathon.
Quote from: Abdel Ove Allhan on May 09, 2023, 08:38:24 AMI was there. Me and 2 mates were tramping through the British Isles and while in London we attended this performance. I had no Idea it was his last. As I recall it was a very warm day and RVW's chilly landscape was a delicious if ominous respite. Thank you for posting a slice of my youth.
Quote from: Mountain Goat on May 09, 2023, 02:29:15 PMWow! That must have been quite a night. One of the most memorable concerts I ever attended was Andrew Manze and the BBC Scottish SO in symphonies 4, 5 & 6 at the 2012 Proms.
Quote from: foxandpeng on May 10, 2023, 08:02:50 AMHere we are again . I am a fan of Manze in RVW, but am a bit of a lone wolf in that regard, I think...
Quote from: Roasted Swan on May 10, 2023, 10:00:44 AMI saw Manze do No.9 at the RFH last Autumn. Very good indeed - concert included a DREADFUL "Lark" but that was down to the soloist not Manze!
Quote from: Luke on May 10, 2023, 10:45:37 AMAvian flu?
Quote from: relm1 on May 09, 2023, 04:39:46 PMThat's amazing! By the way, where in CA are you? PM me if too personal. I'm CA too.
Quote from: calyptorhynchus on June 17, 2023, 11:28:53 PMMemory from 35 years ago. In a record shop I saw a recording of the Tallis Fantasia (coupled with works by other composers) conducted by Herbert von Karajan!Even at the time, when I knew little about music and conductors, I thought this was a bizarre recording. Does anyone remember this one? Was it any good? Did Karajan record any other VW?
Quote from: Lisztianwagner on June 18, 2023, 02:12:03 AMI have a recording of Vaughan Williams' Tallis Fantasia by Karajan/Philharmonia, it is matched with Britten's Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge; I was quite surprised when I discovered Karajan had conducted those composers, since he rarely ventured into English music; as a matter of fact, I don't think he recorded any other RVW, but it would have been thrilling. Provably I would be the minority, but I've always found that a beautifully poetical recording, suggestive and lyrical.
Quote from: Pohjolas Daughter on June 18, 2023, 02:46:15 AMI see some mono pressings here: https://www.discogs.com/master/999868-Benjamin-Britten-Vaughan-Williams-Herbert-von-Karajan-Philharmonia-Orchestra-Variations-On-A-Theme-O Does one of them look familiar?PD
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