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|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|
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
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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.
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.
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.