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Work: Symphony no. 7 “Sinfonia antartica”

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ComposerVaughan Williams, Ralph (1872-1958)
Period20th century
Year1953
Work typeOrchestral
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Toward the Unknown Region: Vaughan Williams 2 and 7 in Manchester

John Wilson navigates two of Ralph Vaughan Williams' symphonies at Bridgewater Hall, part of the RVW 150 celebrations.
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Bleak polar landscapes evoked by The Hallé in Sinfonia Antartica

Sir Mark Elder conducts The Hallé in Berlioz, Saint-Saëns with Stephen Hough and Vaughan Williams
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Hough in exemplary Beethoven before Manze’s Antarctic tour

Andrew Manze conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in two English choral pieces; Stephen Hough brought a fitting conclusion to his Beethoven concerto cycle as artist-in-residence. 
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Kindred spirits: Holst and Vaughan Williams

The Planets and Sinfonia antartica could be the Cav and Pag of British music.
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