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Sinfonia Antartica

Paradise Bay in Antarctica.
Paradise Bay in Antarctica.

Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote the score for the 1948 film “Scott of the Antarctic” – a dramatization of the ill-fated expedition led by Capt. Robert Falcon Scott to be the first humans to the South Pole. Vaughan Williams’ inspiration was such that he expanded the film score into a five-movement symphony that is both compelling and moving.

Compositions and Recordings

Sinfonia antartica
by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Raymond Leppard and the Indianapolis Symphony; Dominique Labelle

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