Elsie Suddaby, BBC Symphony Orchestra – Vaughan Williams Live, Vol. 2 (Live) [Remastered 2022] (2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Elsie Suddaby, BBC Symphony Orchestra – Vaughan Williams Live, Vol. 2 (Live) [Remastered 2022] (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 01:16:26 minutes | 408 MB | Genre: Classical
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SOMM Recordings’ celebration of the 150th anniversary of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ birth continues with Volume 2 of Vaughan Williams Live, featuring historic performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Boston Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult in new, signature remasterings by Lani Spahr with authoritative booklet notes by Vaughan Williams’ biographer Simon Heffer. Two works featuring the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus include a 1945 BBC radio broadcast of the first performance of the wartime masterpiece Thanksgiving for Victory – with soprano Elsie Suddaby, organist George Thalben-Ball and Valentine Dyall as the speaker – and the rapturous Serenade to Music from the opening night of the BBC’s Third Programme (now Radio 3) in 1946. First performed in 1938 in celebration of Henry Wood’s jubilee as a conductor and originally composed for 16 solo singers, it appears here in it’s version for orchestra, chorus and four soloists – Isobel Baillie (soprano), Astra Desmond (contralto), Beveridge White (tenor), and Harold Williams (baritone). It’s dedicatee, Boult, conducts a performance of Job: A Masque for Dancing in 1946 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra before he made his four studio recordings of the work. Volume 1 of Vaughan Williams Live (SOMM Ariadne 5016) was hailed by All About the Arts as “beautifully remastered [and] sounding like pure gold” and was The Symphonist’s Record of the Week. SOMM’s other Vaughan Williams recordings include the Gramophone Award-winning Symphony No.5 and Dona Nobis Pacem with the LPO/BBCSO (SOMMCD 071), and The Piano Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams by Mark Bebbington and Rebecca Omordia (SOMMCD 0164), described by International Piano as “compelling”.

1-1. Elsie Suddaby – A Song of Thanksgiving (Live) [Remastered 2022] (15:35)
1-2. Isobel Baillie – Serenade to Music (Live) [Remastered 2022] (14:14)
1-3. Boston Symphony Orchestra – Introduction – Pastoral Dance – Satan’s Appeal to God – Saraband of the Sons of God (Live) [Remastered 2022] (10:01)
1-4. Boston Symphony Orchestra – Satan’s Dance (Live) [Remastered 2022] (03:24)
1-5. Boston Symphony Orchestra – Minuet of the Sons of Job and their Wives (Live) [Remastered 2022] (04:10)
1-6. Boston Symphony Orchestra – Job’s Dream – Dance of Plague, Pestilence, Famine and Battle (Live) [Remastered 2022] (04:03)
1-7. Boston Symphony Orchestra – Dance of the Three Messengers (Live) [Remastered 2022] (05:15)
1-8. Boston Symphony Orchestra – Dance of Job’s Comforters – Job’s Curse – A Vision of Satan (Live) [Remastered 2022] (05:02)
1-9. Boston Symphony Orchestra – Elihu’s Dance of Youth and Beauty – Pavane of the Sons of the Morning (Live) [Remastered 2022] (05:48)
1-10. Boston Symphony Orchestra – Galliard of the Sons of the Morning – Altar Dance and Heavenly Pavane (Live) [Remastered 2022] (04:59)
1-11. Boston Symphony Orchestra – Epilogue (Live) [Remastered 2022] (03:51)




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