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Holst, Handel, Bach / Fennell, Cleveland Symphonic Winds


Release Date: 10/25/1990 
Label:  Telarc   Catalog #: 80038   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGeorge Frideric HandelGustav Holst
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 44 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A justly-famous demonstration record in its LP form (although not submitted for review), the Compact Disc is, not unexpectedly, even more impressive. The great opening Chaconne from the Holst First Suite—a marvellously economical and totally memorable example of the form—has never sounded so riveting before on record. Fennell has its measure; his pacing is exactly right and the climax is made to sound inevitable, while the detail on the way is a joy. Both the military band suites are among Holst's finest music and they have never before been presented with such aplomb and recorded realism. The balance is a little forward and there is occasionally too much bass drum (although no one will grumble when it caps the climax of the Chaconne) but Read more in all other respects one cannot but marvel at the natural clarity and presence of the sound.

The balance in the Fireworks music favours the brass; this is very much a 'military' band version, but again the sense of spectacle is remarkable. The Bach is perhaps best forgotten. Instead of playing it one can encore the ''Fantasia on the 'Dargason''', the finale of the Holst Second Suite, where Greensleeves is cunningly (and wittily) combined with the main tune. The clarity of the sound here is remarkable.

This will remain among my top two or three demonstration Compact Discs to show visitors just what this new medium can accomplish. Incidentally, the Telarc liner-note is beautifully printed and does not attempt to put three languages into a limited amount of space. It is in English and provides, in addition, technical as well as musical information about the recording. My congratulations go to Telarc's record producer, Robert Woods and engineer, Jack Watson, even if they do slightly overdo that bass drum!

-- Ivan March, Gramophone
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Works on This Recording

1.
Fantasie in G major, BWV 572: Gravement by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1706; Arnstadt, Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1978 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 5 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: Arranged: R.F. Goldman 
2.
Music for the Royal Fireworks, HWV 351 by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1749; London, England 
Date of Recording: 04/1978 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 14 Minutes 44 Secs. 
3.
Suite for Military Band no 1 in E flat major, Op. 28 no 1 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1978 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 10 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Suite for Military Band no 2 in F major, Op. 28 no 2 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Symphonic Winds
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Date of Recording: 04/1978 
Venue:  Severance Hall, Cleveland, Ohio 
Length: 11 Minutes 10 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Holst, Bach and Handel heard in great joy. August 28, 2013 By B. Wilson (Sebastopol, CA) See All My Reviews "I bought the CD for the Holst compositions, and found the production so rewarding. These two charming Symphonic Band Suites have been so neglected in recordings because they are not 'orchestra', but they fully deserve their place in symphonic works. The rest of the CD is equally generous as we hear Bach and Handel played with great clarity and enthusiasm." Report Abuse
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