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Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem, Symphony No. 4 & The Lark Ascending


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Robert Spano, conductor of the prestigious Atlanta Symphony since 2001, leads the orchestra and guest soloists in three highly distinctive and distinguished works by the English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958). Written in 1936, Dona nobis pacem uses, as its centerpiece, Walt Whitman’s Civil War poem Dirge for Two Veterans, a work the composer also set to music prior to WWI. Together with additional text, a portion of the Latin Mass serves as a recurring leitmotif and the source of the work’s title. The trajectory of the cantata’s text and music reflects the hope for a brighter future. The Lark Ascending’s (1919) brief orchestral introduction leads to a lengthy solo violin cadenza. The majestic, delicate music establishes the soloist’s role as the embodiment of the lark’s beautiful song and noble flight. In the final measures the orchestra is silent as the violinist plays another extended cadenza, toward its soaring, hushed conclusion.
Completed in 1934, the Fourth Symphony was initially deemed austere, harsh, and violent. Although somewhat inspired by the events of that time, the towering furies of which Vaughan Williams was so capable, his fire, pride and strength were all revealed, as were his imagination, lyricism and experimentation with purely musical ideas.
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Item number ASO1005
Barcode 816436010045
Release date 9/9/2014
Category Classical Music
Label ASO MEDIA
Media type COMPACT DISC
Number of units 2
Performers
Choir Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
Classical Artist Coucheron, David
Polegato, Brett
Rivera, Jessica
Conductor Spano, Robert
Orchestra Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
Disc: 1
Dona nobis pacem00:37:00
1 Dona Nobis Pacem: Agnus Dei 00:03:20 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Rivera, Jessica
2 Dona Nobis Pacem: Beat! Beat! Drums! 00:03:43 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
3 Dona Nobis Pacem: Reconciliation 00:06:23 Polegato, Brett Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
4 Dona Nobis Pacem: Dirge for 2 Veterans 00:10:02 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus
5 Dona Nobis Pacem: The Angel of Death Has Been Aboa 00:02:58 Polegato, Brett Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Rivera, Jessica
6 Dona Nobis Pacem: O Man Greatly Beloved 00:07:13 Polegato, Brett Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus Rivera, Jessica
Disc: 2
Symphony No. 4 in F Minor00:32:00
1 Symphony No. 4 in F Minor: I. Allegro 00:08:51 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert
2 Symphony No. 4 in F Minor: II. Andante moderato 00:10:40 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert
3 Symphony No. 4 in F Minor: III. Scherzo. Allegro m 00:05:42 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert
4 Symphony No. 4 in F Minor: IV. Finale con epilogo 00:08:59 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert
The Lark Ascending00:15:06
5 The Lark Ascending 00:14:56 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Spano, Robert Coucheron, David
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