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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
A scene in Antarctica
The film is about a doomed expedition to the South Pole, and the musical score by Ralph Vaughan Williams reflects the stoic heroism of men facing fearsome odds—and who bravely accept defeat in their struggle against brute Nature.
As with his other film scores, the composer might have simply moved on to his next project. But something deeper had been stirred in him, and he resolved to turn the score into a major orchestral work.
In this hour, how Vaughan Williams transformed his score for Scott of the Antarctic into his seventh symphony, the Sinfonia Antartica—a process that tells us a lot about the nature of both film and symphonic music—the similarities and key differences.
Film Music of Ralph Vaughan Williams, Vol. 1
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra & Sheffield Philharmonic Choir, Rumon Gamba
Chandos CHAN 10007
Sinfonia Antartica, etc.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir, Vernon Handley
EMI Classics for Pleasure 5 75313 2
London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn
RCA Victor 6781-2-RG
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