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[SACD] Andrew Davis, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Vaughan Williams: Job; Symphony No.9 (2017)

Artist: Andrew Davis, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Title: Vaughan Williams: Job; Symphony No.9
Year Of Release: 2017
Label: Chandos Records/ UK
Genre: Classical
Quality: SACD (DST64 5.1; Image.iso), cover
Total Time: 01:17:31 min
Total Size: 3,76 Gb

The projected complete cycle of Vaughan Williams’s symphonies started by the late Richard Hickox has left a precious heritage in the discography of the composer.

Now, conducting the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, that other expert in British repertoire, Sir Andrew Davis, takes on the challenge of completing the series with idiomatic interpretations of two masterpieces: the final Symphony (No. 9) and the ballet Job.

The score of Job places an emphasis on tableau-like scenes, dances, and mime, linking it to a tradition of English ballet with dances from the seventeenth century, including the saraband, pavane, and galliard. In this masterly score, Vaughan Williams captures the conflict between good and evil, between the spiritual and the material. Job shows a strength, beauty, nobility, and visionary power which unite the many different facets of Vaughan Williams’s musical style. The poignant and musically enigmatic Symphony No. 9 marks ‘the end of Ralph’s life and [is] a turning point. It is leading out into another place. It is extraordinary’, as the composer’s wife stated after one of the early performances.

The subtle direction of Sir Andrew Davis combined with the pure sound quality of this SACD does full justice to Hickox’s great enterprise and promises a powerful conclusion of this already acclaimed recorded cycle.


Vaughan Williams: Job - A Masque for Dancing 43:48
Scene 1: Introduction - Pastoral Dance - Satan's Appeal to God 5:33
Scene 1: Sarabande of the Sons of God 3:43
Scene 2: Satan's Dance of Triumph 3:18
Scene 3: Minuet of the Sons of Job and Their Wives 4:10
Scene 4: Job's Dream. Dance of Plague, Pestilence, Famine and Battle 3:54
Scene 5: Dance of the Messengers 4:43
Scene 6: Dance of Job's Comforters. Job's Curse. A Vision of Satan 4:47
Scene 7: Elihu's Dance of Youth and Beauty 3:57
Scene 7: Pavane of the Sons of the Morning 1:50
Scene 8: Galliard of the Sons of Morning 2:20
Scene 8: Altar Dance 2:28
Scene 9: Epilogue 3:05

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9 in E minor 33:33
I. Moderato maestoso 9:06
II. Andante sostenuto 7:39
III. Scherzo: Allegro pesante 5:39
IV. Andante tranquillo 11:09

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Category: SACD | Added : (24.03.2020)
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