Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (CD)

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BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus, Martyn Brabbins

One of the mightiest of first symphonies, Vaughan Williams’s setting of Walt Whitman creates a very special sense of occasion. The coupling is more Whitman: RVW’s later, virtually unknown Darest thou now, O soul for chorus and strings.

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A Sea Symphony (Symphony No. 1)

1. A song for all seas, all ships Moderato maestoso
2. On the beach at night alone Largo sostenuto
3. Scherzo: The waves Allegro brillante
4. The explorers Grave e molto adagio – Andante con moto
5. Darest thou now, O soul