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Vaughan Williams 'A Sea Symphony' on Hyperion

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Greg K
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« on: August 31, 2018, 02:43:45 am »

I just don't see any reason to replace Haitink's perfect version but others prove me wrong.  It is perfect in interpretation, recording, and performance.  Moving, elegant, dreamy, longing, monumental. 

I agree with you entirely. Others, of course, do not.

Me included.  Among other significant imperfections is Felicity Lott, - just far too stylistically operatic for my taste.  My own long time favorite is the Boult stereo version, infinitely more idiomatic than Haitink (who really doesn't "get" Vaughan Williams, - it's an outsider's approach), and Shelia Armstrong & John Carol Case beat everyone else in my judgment (their "Explorers" is just terrific).
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