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Holst: Ballet Music / Hickox, BBC NO of Wales


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5069   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of SingersBBC National Orchestra of Wales
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is a hybrid Super Audio CD playable on both regular and Super Audio CD players.



Richard Hickox's final project - reviving little-known Holst works - is a triumph

Does sentiment govern this choice as Recording of the Month? Yes and no. It is only right, I think, to pay tribute to a conductor who did so much for music in general and British music in particular. A conductor whose recordings, as a reader was good enough to point out to me the other day, are recommended more than almost any other in the Gramophone Classical Music Guide.

On the other hand, this issue needs no special circumstances to make its case. It
Read more is, in all the best ways, typical Hickox. A neglected corner of the British canon gets the full works treatment – splendid and fulsome orchestral sound, with each of these works brought to glorious life. There was always an excitement about this kind of Hickox recording, a glee in being able to reawaken for the masses works that had unjustly been allowed to slumber. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales bring gleaming textures and a sense of mighty architecture to repertoire that shows that Holst was not just about The Planets.

The conductor tragically died shortly after a recording session for a second volume of Holst orchestral works. Is it too much to hope that enough was set down for the sequel to be issued? In any case, there can be no finer epitaph than this.

-- Gramophone [2/2009]
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Works on This Recording

1.
The Perfect Fool, Op. 39/H 150: Ballet Music by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of Singers,  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1918-1922; England 
Length: 11 Minutes 32 Secs. 
2.
The Golden Goose, Op. 45 no 1/H 163 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of Singers,  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; England 
Length: 24 Minutes 43 Secs. 
3.
The Lure, H 149 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of Singers,  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1921; England 
Length: 10 Minutes 15 Secs. 
4.
The Morning of the Year, Op. 45 no 2/H 164 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of Singers,  BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926-1927; England 
Length: 20 Minutes 53 Secs. 

Featured Sound Samples

The Perfect Fool: Ballet Music: IV. Dance of Spirits of Fire
The Golden Goose: VI. The Goose Dance

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