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Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony



This release follows hugely successful previous Vaughan Williams volumes and features multi-award winning Hallé Choirs. The recording of this full-scale choral symphony features leading British soloists Katherine Broderick, soprano and Roderick Williams, baritone.

Vaughan Williams - A Sea Symphony


"Mak Elder's Vaughan Williams cycle with The Hallé is turning out to be the finest since the two by Adian Boult - and the opening bars of this live recording of A Sea Symphony show why." BBC Music Magazine, November 2015

“If like me you’re following and enjoying this Elder series you won’t need any encouragement from me to acquire this latest release… I’ve heard many recordings of Sea Symphony over the years and I admire several but this new Elder recording seems to me to be one from the top drawer. This is a most distinguished and exciting addition to the Hallé’s Vaughan Williams cycle.” John Quinn,

"Satisfyingly the soloists, choirs and orchestra have been caught splendidly by the sound team with a vivid clarity and well judged balance. In this live recording there is virtually no extraneous noise and no applause left in at the conclusion. An authoritative essay by the late Michael Kennedy has been included and pleasingly full texts are provided. A key work in British Music, this magnificent live recording of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony, which grips the listener from first to note to last, is guaranteed to be a Recording of the Year.” Michael Cookson,

The opening of Mark Elder’s live recording of A Sea Symphony rivals Boult’s in its grandeur, and when Roderick Williams introduces his ‘rude brief recitative’ it’s obvious that Elder has one of the oakiest, most characterful baritone soloists on record. The Hallé Choir is on its toes throughout, but is hampered by the elatively dry, boxed-in acoustic of the Bridgewater Hall. Elder’s broad tempos – he takes five minutes longer for the work than most rivals – also accationally sap a sense of forward momentum, particularly in the outer movements. But this is still a strongly stated interpretation of VW’s sea vision. BBC Radio3 Building a Library