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RLPO / Andrew Manze
A SEA SYMPHONY, THE LARK ASCENDING - VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (1872–1958)
A SEA SYMPHONY
(Symphony No.1) for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra
Words by Walt Whitman
1. I A SONG FOR ALL SEAS, ALL SHIPS (Moderato maestoso – Allegro)*+ 17.41
2. II ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT, ALONE (Largo sostenuto)+ 10.14
3. III SCHERZO: THE WAVES (Allegro brillante) 7.34

4. IV THE EXPLORERS (Grave e molto adagio – Adagio animato)*+ 27.25

5. THE LARK ASCENDING
Romance for violin & orchestra° 14.33

Total 77.32
Sarah Fox soprano*, Mark Stone baritone+, James Ehnes violin°
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir · Choir master: Ian Tracy
Conductor: Andrew Manze

Catalogue No: ONYX4185

Vaughan Williams’s first symphony A Sea Symphony displays an epic self-confidence in handling large orchestral forces and setting words to music. Walt Whitman’s words had been set by Holst and Harty and inspired orchestral works by Delius. The American poet provided a rich vein of inspiration to Vaughan Williams. The Romance The Lark Ascending, originally for violin and piano,
was orchestrated in 1920 and has become one of the composer’s best-loved works.

 

 

 

 

 


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I A SONG FOR ALL SEAS, ALL SHIPS (Moderato maestoso – Allegro)
17.41
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II ON THE BEACH AT NIGHT, ALONE (Largo sostenuto)
10.14
3

III SCHERZO: THE WAVES (Allegro brillante)
7.34
4

IV THE EXPLORERS (Grave e molto adagio – Adagio animato)
27.25
5

THE LARK ASCENDING Romance for violin & orchestra
14.33

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