Post by Russ (not Martha) Post by Jerry
I will confess to finding several of these symphonies richly rewarding (1,2,3,5,6,7) while still struggling to grasp 4, 8, and 9. My one recommendation (reflecting my own experience) is to pick a Symphony No. 7 without the distracting spoken interludes.
Are there any?
I haven't heard No. 7 in quite some time, and don't remember whether there are any instances of narration occurring during the music.
I have the EMI Haitink version. If the narration occurs only between musical episodes, I can just edit it out.
Russ (not Martha)
The liner notes for the Bakels/Bournemouth recording on Naxos
claim the text printed in the score was "not intended to be
recited during a performance of the work." In any event, the
first recording of the work (Barbirolli/Halle on HMV; EMI CD
5 66543 2) is narration-free and the Naxos recording (really
quite good) separately tracks the narration at the end of the disc
so they can be programmed in if desired.
Is anyone aware of any other citation to RVW's intent (pro or con)
regarding this point???
Agree that the Antartica (sic) has been underrated (even maligned
in some quarters) possibly because of its film-score roots.
In the end, it's fine that both options are available to satisfy
* One recording (Leppard/Indianapolis on Koss) intersperses
narration within movements.