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Vaughan Williams 'A Sea Symphony' on Hyperion

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« on: September 09, 2018, 07:36:04 am »

Much to my surprise this recording turned up at my house today, several weeks ahead of the advertised release date. Maybe because I ordered it directly from Hyperion. Anyway, I enjoyed the CD enormously. Initially I found the recording a bit cavernous and the soloists closely miked but I soon got used to it and was very gripped by the performance, slower in some sections than usual but very deeply felt throughout. I suspect that I shall be playing this version and the Haitink from now on. I'm not sure that it replaces the Haitink as my No.1 choice but it comes very close and I'm pleased to have acquired. The short Whiman setting 'Darest thou now, O soul' (1925) only lasts just over three minutes but is rather moving.

Ah....another Haitink fan Smiley
Indeed! It was the Haitink recording which brought this work 'alive' for me after decades of ignoring it - an absolutely wonderful performance.

I'm with you.  Haitink was a late discovery for me.  I heard Boult and Previn before but Haitink brought polish and maturity to the interpretation.  It was always thrilling but never before sounded as deep which is how I think of the work ultimately. 
Yes, I agree. I had the Boult LP box for decades but only appreciated A Sea Symphony when I heard the Haitink recording. I was in my teens however when I bought the Boult set and maybe as I got older I gained a greater appreciation of choral works generally. Having said that I loved such works as Sancta Civitas and Howells's 'Hymnus Paradisi' when I was at university a few years later.
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