Vaughan Williams:Sym. 7
Boult's Sinfonia Antartica - a thing of rare beauty...2018年1月23日に英国でレビュー済み
I have this recording in every incarnation including vinyl. I purchased this Eighties CD when it was released - I was but a slip of a lad - and was amazed at the sound of the then new Compact Disc format. Ralph Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antartica is often dismissed as being lightweight, "made for film" music, but such disparaging remarks pale into insignificance when one is confronted by this epic, visionary recording from Sir Adrian Boult. Sir Adrian's baton skilfully conjures up the sights and sounds of the failed - yet heroic - expedition. The awe-inspiring vistas, wildlife, winds that slice like the sharpest blade, bleak, barren, frozen landscapes and the icy chill of mortality inhabit every note and phrase as man's attempted conquest of Nature fails.... hauntingly beautiful - yes, that's a cliché, but such spiritual depth and humanity only feature in the finest performances of RVW's Antartica. The only recording to come close to equalling Boult's recording is Barbirolli's magnificent EMI recording, but the monophonic sound doesn't do the symphony justice. Sir Adrian's recording is the greatest... and the artwork is fantastic.
The best I've ever heard.2016年10月27日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
This is the recording of "Sinfonia Antartica" that all others should be judged upon. There is something very special in my mind when Boult conducts RVW and it clearly is revealed in this recording which came about as a result of his writing the score for "Scott of the Antarctic" in 1947, a fine recording on its own. Clearly RVW is one of the premiere writers of the 20th Century.Nicely remastered from the Decca recording of 1970 this is the recording to have.
I've been very impressed2000年2月4日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
Ordered this CD from Amazon.com and was not familiar with the recording or the conductor. A friend recommended this particular recording after we had listened to the work. The sound is great. I am amazed that the sound is almost as good as a digital recording of today. The performance is wonderful. It is apparent in the first movement that Boult truly had the vision of the picture VW was trying to create with his Antarctic Symphony. Listen to the prominent trombones. They're awesome! The mystery, fear, wonder, cold, and intrigue of the Antarctic all seam to be there. Also the liner notes are excellent for deciphering the instruments used to depict various things. On top of all that, this CD isn't full price. My understanding is that this is the best recording of this piece. I would not disagree.