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A Sea Symphony - Vaughan Williams

Symphony No. 1 for soprano, baritone, chorus & orchestra ("A Sea Symphony"), written in 1903-1909. 00:00 - 1: A Song for All Seas, All Ships (baritone, soprano, and chorus) 20:58 - 2: on the Beach at Night, Alone (baritone and chorus) 33:02 - 3: Scherzo: The Waves (chorus) 40:00 - 4: The Explorers (baritone, soprano, semi-chorus, and chorus)

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Ching a ring chaw - Copland

A fun sing

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Christmas Oratorio BWV 248, part 1/2 - Bach

Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner - conductor

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O Thou that tellest good tidings - Handel

Kathleen Ferrier/Boult - of it's time. A great 'true' contralto.

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The trumpet shall sound - Handel

The wonderful Philippe Sly - Bass-Baritone. Great tone, timbre and diction.

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Tom and Jerry Live

Sheer brilliance. Great timing and a lot of hard work went into this.

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Blest Pair of Sirens - Parry

Whilst we think of Parry for 'Jerusalem' he wrote many fine compositions in a true 'English' style. This is one of them.

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Enigma Variations - Elgar

Rozhdestvensky conducts. The best. Tempos, balance, detail. Be sure to listen to the finale (starting around 27.40) - note the 'connection' between players and conductor. Amazingly he was a last minute replacement for this proms concert.

Added by Steve B (Admin) on 13/10/2020 (ID: 93)


Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini - Rachmaninoff

Outstanding performance by the amazing Alexander Malofeev. What a talent!

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Roman Festivals - Respighi

National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Probably Respighi's finest work - very individual and played with great style and gusto!

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