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Imogen Holst Conducts Gustav Holst


Release Date: 02/13/2007 
Label:  Lyrita   Catalog #: 223   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gustav Holst
Performer:  William BennettPeter GraemeEmanuel HurwitzKenneth Sillito,   ... 
Conductor:  Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Another splendid trawl through the treasurable Lyrita back-catalogue. Here's an uncommonly wide-ranging and generous selection of Holstian delights, encompassing music as stylistically diverse as the folk-song bumptiousness of the early Two songs without words (a VW dedication from 1906) to the ''tender austerity'' (to use the composer's own phrase) of the Lyric Movement for viola and chamber orchestra—a most haunting creation from his penultimate year. Elsewhere, we are offered such rarities as the colourful Golden Goose ballet music and Capriccio (both expertly reworked by Holst's daughter, Imogen), the gritty Double Concerto of 1929, as well as the composer's own string orchestra transcription of the tender ''Nocturne'' from A Moorside Read more Suite—a marvellous work, scored originally for brass band (I do wish Decca would restore their superb Grimethorpe Colliery Band version to currency). The enchanting Brook Green Suite is here, too, but the outstanding account of the popular St Paul's Suite which came with it on that 1967 LP anthology will have to wait a little longer for its silver-disc debut.

Performances throughout possess unfailing insight, and the present remasterings are superb. An essential companion disc to Lyrita's classic Holst/Boult compilation from last year (7/92).

-- Andrew Achenbach, Gramophone [4/1993]
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Works on This Recording

1. Songs (2) without Words, Op. 22/H 88: no 1, Country Song by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
Venue:  England 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
2. Songs (2) without Words, Op. 22/H 88: no 2, Marching Song by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; England 
Venue:  England 
Length: 3 Minutes 37 Secs. 
3. A Fugal Concerto for Flute, Oboe and Strings, Op. 40 no 2/H 152 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  William Bennett (Flute), Peter Graeme (Oboe)
Conductor:  Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1923; England 
Venue:  England 
Length: 8 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4. The Golden Goose, Op. 45 no 1/H 163: Ballet music by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
5. A Moorside Suite, H 173: Nocturne by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
6. Double Concerto, Op. 49/H 175 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Emanuel Hurwitz (Violin), Kenneth Sillito (Violin)
Conductor:  Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1929; England 
7. Lyric Movement for Viola and String Orchestra, H 191 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Cecil Aronowitz (Viola)
Conductor:  Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; England 
8. Brook Green Suite, H 190 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; England 
9. Capriccio for Orchestra by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Imogen Holst
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

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