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VAUGHAN WILLIAMS

Symphony No.8
Job: A Masque for Dancing

London Philharmonic Orchestra
ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL, LONDON, 12 OCTOBER 1972

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Master of the baton and one of Britain’s leading conductors, Sir Adrian Boult was renowned for his interpretations of English works, in particular music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, who was said to be ‘totally in favour of Sir Adrian’s approach to his music’ (John Culshaw). Job: A Masque for Dancing was dedicated to Sir Adrian, a fitting conductor for this magnificent Centenary celebration.

The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.

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RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS 1872–1958

 

Symphony No.8 in D minor

1 I           Fantasia (Variazioni senza tema)                                                                                                              10.44

2 II          Scherzo alla marcia (per stromenti a fiato)                                                                           4.11

3 III         Cavatina (per stromenti ad arco)                                                                                              7.26

4 IV        Toccata                                                                                                                                                5.47

 

Job: A Masque for Dancing

5 Scene I: Introduction – Pastoral Dance – Satan’s Appeal to God –                                         9.38

    Saraband of the Sons of God

6 Scene II: Satan’s Dance of Triumph                                                                                                      3.37

7 Scene III: Minuet of the Sons of Job and their Wives                                                                   3.42

8 Scene IV: Job’s Dream – Dance of Plague, Pestilence, Famine and Battle                           4.03

9 Scene V: Dance of the Three Messengers                                                                                        4.32

10 Scene VI: Dance of Job’s Comforters – Job’s Curse – A Vision of Satan                                             4.44

11 Scene VII: Elihu’s Dance of Youth and Beauty – Pavane of the Sons of the Morning    6.07

12 Scene VIII: Galliard of the Sons of the Morning – Altar Dance and Heavenly Pavane   4.46

13 Scene IX: Epilogue                                                                                                                                    3.48

 

Producer and Director: Roy Tipping

Recorded: Royal Festival Hall, London, 12 October 1972

Broadcast: Music on Two: Vaughan Williams Anniversary Concert, 18 October 1972

Publisher: © Oxford University Press 1956 (Symphony No.8),

1934 (Job: A Masque for Dancing). Licensed by Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.

© 1972 BBC

 

London Philharmonic Orchestra

SIR ADRIAN BOULT

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martin kendrick
03/Aug/2013

“Suns of Morning has a luminous, radiant quality that no other conductor has achieved in this music and watching Boult here shows how he did it, taking great care over internal balance and phrase endings…while also pacing the music to perfection.”

International Record Review

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    martin kendrick
    03/Aug/2013

    “To fans of Vaughan Williams and Boult alike, this release is unhesitatingly recommended , particularly for the fine account of Job.”

    Fanfare

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      martin kendrick
      03/Aug/2013

      “ This new ICA Classics DVD marks modern music fans’ first chance to see Boult conducting symphonic repertoire, in this case repertoire in which he was widely acknowledged as a definitive interpreter… The LPO is on fantastic form throughout - they play with a beautiful sound, cohesive ensemble and flawless balance. Ensemble is also effortlessly tight. The brass play with huge power when required, but never overwhelm the strings. The video and audio quality are both excellent... The conducting world needs Boult more than ever these days. It’s wonderful to see a master craftsman at work, everything he does is for the benefit of music and musicians and nothing is done to call attention to himself.”

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        • ICA Classics wins Seventh & Eighth Diapason d’Or Awards
          08/Nov/2011
          A seventh and eighth ICA Classics release have been awarded the Diapason d’Or in Diapason magazine – this time for the CD featuring Klaus Tennstedt conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra in a performance of Mahler's Symphony No.3 and for the DVD featuring Sir Adrian Boult performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Symphony No.8 with London Philharmonic Orchestra. The Diapason d'Or is a recommendation of outstanding classical music recordings given by reviewers of Diapason magazine in France.