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RVW's 9th


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« on: May 02, 2013, 05:16:28 pm »

A fascinating score.Not being a musician,I just use my ears;but I don't find any inconsistencies in this score. It's full of interesting ideas from beginning to end. In fact,I find this score allot more compelling than the some of the earlier,more popular ones (with the exception of No 5).
As to the Sinfonia Antartica,"folks" Roll Eyes Grin. I think it's cinematic origins are a reasonable excuse for any perceivable shortcomings. As a teenager,I remember being very excited by the musical pictorialism of VW's depictions of penguins,howling blizzards & glaciers. The Haitink was,of course,a bit of a spectacular at the time. Indeed,a youngster who might otherwise be bored to tears by an ascending Lark,or someone they've never heard of,called Thomas Tallis,might just be tempted (after hearing it,possibly at full blast Grin) into trying a drop of the hard,or harder stuff!
Unlike jimfin,I DO rather like the score,when I'm in the right mood. Having said that,despite all the filmic spectacle,along the way,the fact that it depicts a long,frostbitten trudge to an icy death,does put me off a bit. I DO like happy endings! Mind you,there's not much VW could do about that,fair play! Roll Eyes
Of course a 'Roald Amundsen Symphony' based on a movie about Amundsen would have been more upbeat,but a bit too boring. The fact that the bloke,who won the race,wasn't British,and did some decent research before he went there doesn't go down well in the English speaking world,old bean!! Roll Eyes Grin




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