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Boult Conducts Holst - Fugal Overture, Scherzo, Beni Mora, Etc


Release Date: 01/09/2007 
Label:  Lyrita   Catalog #: 222   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Adrian Boult brought tremendous authority to any recording he made of 20th century British works, having known the composers and often having conducted the premiere performances. These recordings, made in the early 1970s, demonstrate that age took not a bit of his musical command or energy on the podium. Boult was particularly associated with Gustav Holst (he conducted the public premiere of The Planets). Since this compilation presents some of the crown jewels of Lyrita's history, anyone with any interest in British music of the first third of the 20th century should consider this CD a mandatory acquisition. Beni-Mora is unusually picturesque and passionate; the Fugal Overture's wit and lyricism
Read more belies the impression of stodginess its title suggests; and the virtually unknown Japanese Suite charms and invigorates. The 30-year-old sound is still better--cleaner, clearer, and more natural--than most of the stuff major labels are putting out in standard CD sound today.

--Joseph Stevenson, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
A Fugal Overture, Op. 40 no 1/H 151 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1922; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
2.
Prelude and Scherzo, Op. 52/H 178 "Hammersmith" by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930/1931; England 
Length: 13 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Notes: Ver: 1931 (for Orchestra) 
3.
A Somerset Rhapsody, Op. 21 no 2/H 87 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906-1907; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 1 Secs. 
4.
Scherzo for Orchestra, H 192 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933-1934; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 28 Secs. 
5.
Japanese Suite, Op. 33/H 126 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1915; England 
Length: 9 Minutes 45 Secs. 
6.
Beni Mora, Op. 29 no 1/H 107 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Written: 1909-1910; England 

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