Job/Lark Ascending has been added to your Cart
+ CDN$ 3.49 shipping
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by usedsalesca
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: All Discs are inspected and guaranteed. All dispatched with 1 - 3 working days from the UK
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Job/Lark Ascending

5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review

Price: CDN$ 14.90 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details
Temporarily out of stock.
Order now and we'll deliver when available. We'll e-mail you with an estimated delivery date as soon as we have more information. Your account will only be charged when we ship the item.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca. Gift-wrap available.
19 new from CDN$ 6.82 7 used from CDN$ 2.87

Product Details

  • Composer: Vaughan-Williams
  • Audio CD (June 1 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ncl
  • ASIN: B0000014FQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #93,214 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  •  Would you like to update product info, give feedback on images, or tell us about a lower price?

1. Job - A Masque For Dancing: Scene I: Introduction - Pastoral Dance - Satan's Appeal To God - Saraband Of The Sons Of God
2. Job - A Masque For Dancing: Scene II: Satan's Dance Of Triumph
3. Job - A Masque For Dancing: Scene III: Minuet Of The Sons Of Job And Their Wives
4. Job - A Masque For Dancing: Scene IV: Job's Dream. Dance Of Plague, Pestilence, Famine And Battle
5. Job - A Masque For Dancing: Scene V: Dance Of The Messengers
6. Job - A Masque For Dancing: Scene VI: Dance Of Job's Comforters. Job's Curse. A Vision Of Satan
7. Job - A Masque For Dancing: Scene VII: Elihu's Dance Of Youth And Beauty. Pavane Of The Sons Of The Morning
8. Job - A Masque For Dancing: Scene VIII: Galliard Of The Sons Of Morning. Altar Dance And Heavenly Pavane
9. Job - A Masque For Dancing: Scene IX: Epilogue
10. The Lark Ascending

Product Description

Product Description

Vaughan-Williams: Job


I think we all know the story. God makes a bet with the Devil to test Job's faith, and it isn't at all clear who wins. What is perfectly clear is that Job loses--he gets thoroughly clobbered, though there's a happy ending when his prosperity and serenity are restored. Vaughan Williams turned this rather depressing story into one of his very greatest works, a magnificent ballet that perfectly captures the personalities of the various protagonists. The music representing God and his foe, Satan, is especially well crafted, and the whole work has long been regarded as the composer's orchestral masterpiece. This excellent performance makes it available to you at budget price, and in fine sound to boot. Can't beat that! --David Hurwitz

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
See the customer review
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
I`d just like to say that I think " The Lark Ascending " is for me probably the most perfect piece of music I`ve ever heard . That violin sends shivers down my spine every time I hear it . Sublime !
I just thought I`d let you know .
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Report abuse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: HASH(0xa1232ee8) out of 5 stars 10 reviews
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa10604f8) out of 5 stars A Neglected Masterpiece Dec 27 2007
By Keith Otis Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Gustav Holst (1874-1934) was a close friend of Ralph Vaughan Williams, and he considered "Job" to be RVW's masterpiece.

Any music student or aspiring composer would profit by studying the score of Job. Not only is it a fine piece of music, but it contains every possible orchestral effect. (Just don't go nuts with the tuba part like Ralph did.) Unfortunately it's an extremely difficult piece requiring a huge ensemble, and thus it's seldom performed.

I own 4 different recordings of Job, and this one is as good as any of them. I also own a copy of the score (can you tell that I admire the piece?), and if you purchase this CD, drop me a line and I'll send you a PDF copy of the stage directions from the score with the corresponding timings of the CD, so you can see what the music is supposed to represent.

The deep bass of the organ pedals called for in one of the scenes also make this an ideal test record if you're shopping for audio equipment. And if the world does come to an end soon, this'd be the ideal music to play.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1060588) out of 5 stars Powerful Music! April 5 2014
By Ken Suetterlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This work is new to me, and I loved it. It has everything that one expects from the composer, the orchestra and the conductor. "The Lark Ascending" is probably one of the most familiar RVW pieces in the repertoire, but David Greed, the soloist re-creates the work with a superb delicacy that draws the listener into the music; and makes one stop and listen very carefully. I would love to see this work on stage with it's original choreography. How stunning that would be! Should one select this CD, even out of curiosity, you will not be disappointed. Ken, the Organist in Marshalltown, Iowa
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1060828) out of 5 stars "The Lord Gave & The Lord Has Taken Away" Dec 9 2008
By Eric S. Kim - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
"Job: A Masque for Dancing" is one of the greatest pieces that Vaughan Williams has ever composed. It's a forty-minute ballet piece that tells of Job being tested by both God & Satan. The music itself is made for a large Wagnerian orchestra that includes an organ, xylophones, a saxophone, and an alto flute. There are lots of complex orchestrations here; not very Stravinsky-like, but more in the likes of Liszt and Wagner. "The Lark Ascending" is a favorite for many RVW fans, and it sounds beautiful. It has a pure English feel to it, and the solo violin should not be ignored.

This CD by Naxos has surprisingly great audio. The bass and treble are perfect, though "Lark" does have a bit of a low volume when compared to the volume of "Job". David Lloyd-Jones and the English Northern Philharmonia (which is part of Opera North) do an incredible job with both pieces. This is one flawless CD that I'll keep unti lthe last years of my life.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1060720) out of 5 stars Great album July 21 2014
By Miss Budgie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great album. It shows some of RVW's darker, more dissonant side, as well as presenting some great themes and melodies. He later set "Galliard Of The Sons Of Morning" to the text of God's speech from the end of the book of Job. It can be found on YouTube, it's called "The Voice Out of the Whirlwind"
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa1060948) out of 5 stars Overlooked masterpiece June 28 2013
By Lloyd Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Vaughan Williams' music straddles the past and the modern. All the elements of his work surface in this "Masque" based on
William Blake's memorable paintings inspired by the book of Job. The introductory pastoral setting depicting Job before
the satan gets permission to make his life as miserable as possible. The modern post World War I composer comes through in the
grim threatening dance that the satan does before the throne of God. The religious element in the composer's works comes through in the depiction of the heavenly arena where Job's fate is being decided.

Lloyd Davis