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Vaughan Williams: Scott of the Antarctic (complete score) - Yates

Vaughan Williams: Scott of the Antarctic (complete score) - Yates

Dutton  CDLX 7340

Stereo/Multichannel Hybrid

Classical - Orchestral


Vaughan Williams: Scott of the Antarctic (complete score)

Ilona Domnich (soprano)
Christopher Nickol (organ)
Women of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Martin Yates (conductor)


It is a revelation to hear every note that Vaughan Williams wrote, late in 1947, for the then unmade film Scott of the Antarctic. There have been previous attempts to revisit some of the unused music he sketched for the film, but now conductor Martin Yates, with the support of the composer’s estate, has transcribed from the original manuscripts all the music, comprising some 41 beautifully rounded numbers. Vaughan Williams subsequently reworked some of this material in the Sinfonia Antartica, but on this recording we are able to hear for the first time his vivid reaction to the story, before the film was even shot. Standing independently beside the Sinfonia Antartica, this is a gripping symphonic experience in its own right.

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Comment by wilbur - July 4, 2017 (1 of 3)

Anyone know if this SACD is indeed Multichannel (as it says it is on this site) rather than the ordinary 2 channel stereo that is what Dutton SACDs seem to be?

Comment by William Hecht - July 4, 2017 (2 of 3)

The more recent group of Dutton sacds that are listed here as multichannel are indeed multichannel going back to the Armstrong Gibbs disc. A number of them include completions or realizations by Martin Yates and others that make them especially unique and valuable.

Comment by john hunter - July 10, 2017 (3 of 3)

It is certainly MC and an excellent recording as you would expect from Mr Dutton.
More than just a stop gap till we get the Sinfonia.
Under Yates guidance, the score becomes an extended tone poem.
Highly recommended.