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  Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony - Daniel
  Ralph Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 1 "A Sea Symphony"

Joan Rodgers (soprano)
Christopher Maltman (baritone)
Bournemouth Symphony Chorus
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Paul Daniel (conductor)
Track listing:
  Total time: 63:54
  Classical - Vocal
Recording type:
Recording info:
  Recorded at the Poole Arts Centre, UK, 8th - 10th February 2002
Producer and Engineer: Tim Handley

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Reviews: 3

Review by mwagner1962 June 29, 2005 (9 of 12 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
I bought this SACD to see how it would hold up against the fabulous Telarc with Robert Spano. Well, it was an interesting shoot out.

The nod for great sound definitely goes to the Telarc, as it is a pure DSD recording, whereas the Naxos is apparently a PCM that was then transfered to DSD.

However, the one aspect that the Naxos tops the Telarc on is that the chorus vocals are clearer on the Naxos, and not as easy to understand on the Telarc.

However, I will take the sound, the orchestral performance, and the overall feel of the Telarc, as I can easily imagine wind swept coasts, white capped and stormy seas...I mean, the feeling of the Spano is MUCH better than the Daniels, though the Naxos is still very fine but does not give me the same imagery.

While I think that Robert Spano's Atlanta forces are better, the Bournemouth Orchestra is no slouch either. Both baritone soloists are superb, and it is hard for me to pick a favorite (a tough decision that is both easy and fun to live with!!!)

This is a fine recording to own, and is a very nice compliment to my Telarc.

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Review by gonzostick November 12, 2009 (6 of 12 found this review helpful)
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BRAVO! Great sounding disc or an impassioned performance! I am only sorry we will not get a complete set of the rest of the VW symphonies from this group. The bass response will rock your home and listening room! The performance has all the passion and energy it requires. Good as the Spano/Atlanta is on Telarc, I think this is better. I have heard both the DVD-Audio and SACD discs. There is essentially no difference between the two. This was originally a high-bit PCM recording, then resampled for DSD SACD issue.

Best thing is that the choral singing is much more distinct and the diction clearer on this performance than with the Atlanta choruses. That is saying a lot, as the Atlanta Symphony choristers still live under the spell of the Master choral magician, Robert Shaw.

If you want a performance of this work that will make the hair stand up on the back of your neck, with excellent choral and solo work, get this.

The surround sound is excellent as is the disc successfully captures the complete dynamic range of this lovely music.


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Review by Turin August 21, 2010 (1 of 8 found this review helpful)
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Let me confess at the outset that this recording is the first time I've heard this piece in it's entirety. Part of my poor review is likely due to the fact that as a whole, I did not care for the music. Having said that, I was hoping for some stunningly beautiful choral music. And the performance of the choir & soloists is quite good. But the recording quality is lacking. It's clear and without blemish, but it sounds like it was recorded from the back of the music hall with microphones placed on the floor. It has a very distant quality that makes it less than engaging. It's kind of tame and boring. The brass doesn't resonate like a live performance should, the choir doesn't ring with authority, and the whole things seems like it's a distant memory of a dream rather than a present performance.

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Ralph Vaughan Williams - Symphony No. 1 "A Sea Symphony" (1903-09)