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A Sea Symphony and Earth Dances

Martyn Brabbins conducts the BBC SO and Chorus in Birtwistle's Earth Dances and Vaughan Williams's Sea Symphony, with soloists Elizabeth Llewellyn and Marcus Farnsworth.

Martyn Brabbins conducts Birtwistle's Earth Dances and Vaughan Williams's A Sea Symphony.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle's large-scale orchestral work from 1986 explores the element of Earth with a primordial power and colossal ambition: it's one of his greatest scores and impresses with its strength and ambition 30 years on. Martyn Brabbins, a master of this music, then turns his attention to the element of Water - Ralph Vaughan Williams's choral A Sea Symphony, one of the most confident first symphonies ever, first heard in 1910, with its two singers lifting the poetry of Walt Whitman into song.
Two superb singers of the younger generation and the BBC Symphony Chorus join the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a programme that exults in the power of nature

Presented by Martin Handley and recorded at the Barbican Hall in London on 13th October.

Harrison Birtwistle: Earth Dances

2010 Interval Music
Herbert Howells: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in E flat major op26

Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony

Elizabeth Llewellyn (soprano)
Marcus Farnsworth (baritone)
BBC Symphony Chorus
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music and featured items

  • Part 1

    Duration: 49:37

  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle

    Earth Dances

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Interval

    Duration: 22:34

  • Herbert Howells

    Sonata no 2 in Eflat major for violin and piano

    Performer: Paul Barritt. Performer: Catherine Edwards.
    • Hyperion: CDA66665.
    • Hyperion.
    • 12-14.
  • Part 2

    Duration: 01:20:48

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    A Sea Symphony

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins. Singer: Elizabeth Llewellyn. Singer: Marcus Farnsworth.


Role Contributor
Performer BBC Symphony Orchestra
Performer BBC Symphony Chorus


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