Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 'A Sea Symphony' - Hallé, Sir Mark Elder (CD)

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Katherine Broderick, Roderick Williams, Hallé, Sir Mark Elder


Gramophone Awards 2016
Shortlisted - Orchestral

Gramophone Magazine
Editor's Choice - Awards Issue 2015

Hallé announces their latest release, of Vaughan Williams’ masterpiece in a live recording from the stunning 2014 Bridgewater Hall performance.

Katherine Broderick (soprano), Roderick Williams (baritone)
Hallé, Hallé Choir, Hallé Youth Choir, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Ad Solem, Sir Mark Elder

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Financial Times

4th September 2015


“Elder paces the symphony grandly and is rewarded with patrician playing from The Hallé and well-blended singing from his four massed choirs. The two soloists, a strong Katherine Broderick and an articulate Roderick Williams, hold their own. Bathed in the warm acoustic of Bridgewater Hall, a nobility of utterance suffuses the whole performance.”

The Telegraph

30th August 2015


“The long finale – a full half-hour – is exceptionally well modulated and shrewdly paced, achieving a fusion of flow and moving intensity in which orchestral and choral colour, together with the deep expressivity and dynamism of both the baritone and the soprano Katherine Broderick, combine to attain inspiring heights.”

Gramophone Magazine

Awards Issue 2015

“Elder presides over a majestic performance, brimful of lofty spectacle, abundant temperament and stunning accomplishment...Roderick Williams is on customarily refulgent and intelligent form; soprano Katherine Broderick, too, sings with heaps of passion and drama...The superbly honed choral and orchestral contribution surely testifies to many hours of painstaking preparation.”

BBC Music Magazine

November 2015

“Mark Elder's Vaughan Williams cycle with The Halle is turning out to be the finest since the two by Adrian Boult - and the opening bars of this live recording of A Sea Symphony show why. The sweeping grandeur of the moment is wonderfully caught, yet there's no trace of bombast, so that even with the massed choral and orchestral forces, the big paragraphs are shaped with a sense of their lyricism that neither drags nor glibly undercuts the music's epic scale.”

New York Times

25th November 2015

“Mark Elder makes clear Vaughan Williams’s debts to Charles Stanford and Elgar, Wagner and Ravel, carrying them along in a reading of tidal power, patient yet inexorable.”

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