This England (2013)

Cockaigne, Vaughan Williams, Britten

The Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Carlos Kalmar

Sir Edward Elgar Cockaigne (In London Town), Opus 40
No one will ever suggest Sir Edward Elgar was an impressionist. But his Cockaigne overture is perfectly suited to the physical panoply of turn-of-the-century London, and full of loving description. In an emotional sense, the music adopts Brahms’ recipe for the Academic Festival Overture: boisterousness without slapstick; serenity without chill; yearning without loss. But the greater joy of listening to this music lies in sampling the urban energy of Elgar’s day and the newfound power Elgar brings to bear.

Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 in D major
Ralph Vaughan Williams Symphony No. 5 in D major The Vaughan Williams Fifth Symphony, composed between two far more violent works, is one of the most evocative pieces of music ever written – timelessly English, profoundly and gently sincere. It floats in upon the listener with soft motto horn calls, as if from a modal dream peopled with chords of smoke and fugues of fog. It inhabits a world of indistinct shapes moving through blacked-out streets, shadowy church gardens in the moonlight, and harbor mists. Yet no menacing or tragic vista is revealed in what Vaughan Williams depicts. Through everything muted and uncertain in 1943 wartime England, one senses only a deep reverence for beauty and the human heart. This is a work of cherished normality.

Benjamin Britten “Four Sea Interludes” and “Passacaglia” from Peter Grimes, Opus 33a and 33b
The ocean’s mystery and undertow have ideally suited music. And this has seldom been more the case than in a maritime nation like Britain. Think of Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, Elgar’s Sea Pictures, or Delius’ Sea Drift, each a metaphysical work finding in the lives of mariners, or in “the sea itself” and its creatures, a symbolic rendering of the human condition. So it is no surprise that Benjamin Britten would turn to the North Sea waves of his native Suffolk for the ground-breaking and disturbing 1945 opera, Peter Grimes.

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Carlos Kalmar

In May, 2011 he made his New York debut at Carnegie Hall with the Oregon Symphony as part of the inaugural Spring for Music festival. Both his imaginative program Music for a Time of War and the performance itself were hailed by critics in the New York Times, New Yorker magazine and Musical America, and the concert was recorded and released on the PentaTone label, subsequently earning two Grammy nominations (Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered). Under Kalmar’s guidance the orchestra recorded a second CD on the PentaTone label – “This England,” featuring works by Britten, Vaughan Williams, and Elgar.Carlos Kalmar is in his twelfth season as music director of the Oregon Symphony. He is also chief conductor and artistic director of the Spanish Radio/Television Orchestra and Choir in Madrid, and artistic director and principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.

 

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This England (2013)

Cockaigne, Vaughan Williams, Britten

The Oregon Symphony Orchestra

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"Kalmar has already demonstrated his considerable empathy with English music and once again his performances here are immaculately prepared and executed marvellously by his Oregon players. The engineers have achieved a vivid and realistic sound quality in spite of the difficulties of live recording. Orchestral detail is exceptionally clear whilst timpani and percussion are especially well reproduced. A clear recommendation is warranted."

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This England (2013)

Cockaigne, Vaughan Williams, Britten

The Oregon Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Soundmirror, Boston USA
Producer:

Blanton Alspaugh

Recording Engineer: John Newton, Blanton Alspaugh
Recording location: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland Oregon USA
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Tracks.
1.
Cockaigne Overture (In London Town), Opus 40
Cockaigne
00:15:04   N/A
2.
Symphony No. 5 in D major Preludio- Moderato
Vaughan Williams
00:11:57   N/A
3.
Symphony No. 5 in D major Scherzo- Presto misterioso
Vaughan Williams
00:05:12   N/A
4.
Symphony No. 5 in D major Romanza- Lento
Vaughan Williams
00:10:56   N/A
5.
Symphony No. 5 in D major Passacaglia- Moderato
Vaughan Williams
00:10:15   N/A
6.
Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia, Opus 33a Dawn- Lento e tranquillo
Britten
00:03:50   N/A
7.
Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia, Opus 33a Sunday morning- Allegro spiritoso
Britten
00:03:53   N/A
8.
Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia, Opus 33a Moonlight- Andante comodo e rubato
Britten
00:04:54   N/A
9.
Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia, Opus 33a Passacaglia
Britten
00:06:52   N/A
10.
Four Sea Interludes and Passacaglia, Opus 33a Storm- Presto con fuoco
Britten
00:04:30   N/A

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