Vaughan Williams - Sinfonia antartica, Symphony no.9 | Hyperion CDA68405

Vaughan Williams - Sinfonia antartica, Symphony no.9

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Label: Hyperion

Cat No: CDA68405

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Release Date: 3rd March 2023

Contents

Artists

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Martyn Brabbins

Works

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

Symphony no.7 'Sinfonia antartica'
Symphony no.9 in E minor

Artists

Elizabeth Watts (soprano)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Conductor

Martyn Brabbins

About

Two late, great Vaughan Williams symphonies: with the "Antartica" and no.9, Martyn Brabbins and his BBC forces complete a cycle enthusiastically acclaimed by Radio 3 Record Review as "unmissable".

"Even against formidable competition, Martyn Brabbins impresses handsomely.....it's all beautifully judged." – BBC Music Magazine (Symphonies 6 & 8, CDA68396)

"The latest instalment in Martyn Brabbins's RVW symphonic cycle for Hyperion brings as dedicated, articulate and lucid a reading of the great and glorious Fifth as one could hope for." – Gramophone (Symphony no.5 & Scenes from Pilgrim's Progress, CDA68325)

Reviews

both of these recordings are highly successful, with the sound for Sinfonia antartica a singular achievement – even now, recalling the opening of ‘Landscape’ sends a tingle down my spine.
MusicWeb International
Brabbins […] strives for a bold balance [Sinfonia antartica]: cohesion, yes, but with each musical ‘scene’ given the time and loving attention it needs. […] The result is music which […] creates vivid pictures but within the context of a compelling, ultimately moving macro-narrative.
BBC Music Magazine April 2023
They are undeniably beautifully played and that virtuosity is signalled by the overwhelming first climax in the Prelude of the Seventh. […] Brabbins drives this music hard; he clearly sees this as a musical quest for some slim shard of sunlight to penetrate the prevailing dark, brooding storm clouds.
MusicWeb International

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