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This Have I Done For My True Love - Holst: Partsongs


Release Date: 09/14/2004 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55171   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Holst
Performer:  Victoria SimmondsHarriet WebbRuth ParkerJoanna Gamble,   ... 
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 11 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For an object lesson in economy of means look no further than the magical setting of "Terly Terlow" accompanied by oboe and cello (from the Carols, H91). The richness of this music belies such meagre resources and while the Hoist Singers produce a warmth of tone and range of expression which brings out every ounce of beauty from the song, it is a testament to Holst's skill that this, and its similarly scored companion "A Welcome Song", sound so full bodied and complete.

Part-songs, of which this single disc can only offer a representative selection, were in many ways central to Holst's output. The earliest dates from 1896, the latest (Holst's last choral composition O Spiritual Pilgrim) from 1933. During
Read more this period he passed from being a student, a touring orchestral musician and a girls' school teacher into the realms of international acclaim as the composer of The Planets (a fascinating pre-echo of the closing bars of "Neptune" is found in The Princess where a second choir is placed in an adjoining room so that a door can gradually be closed to create a fade-out effect). The styles and influences are as multifarious as were the choirs and singers for whom the songs were written.

The Holst Singers cope with such unerring conviction with the particular technical and musical demands, which such diversity within short, compact structures places on any single choir. Their beautifully pure sound easily moulds itself to the character of each song, while Stephen Layton's unfussy, tightly controlled direction keeps everything perfectly in proportion. Diction (not least in the Welsh language song "Mae'n ghariad in Fenws, mae'n ghariad i'n fain") is natural and clear, without ever obscuring the fluidity of Hoist's musical lines. Above all, they convey a sense of involvement in each song which makes this disc a joy to listen through without interruption.

-- Gramophone [6/1994]
reviewing the original release of this title, Hyperion 66705
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Works on This Recording

1.
This have I done for my true love, Op. 34 no 1/H 128 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Victoria Simmonds (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
2.
Light Leaves Whisper, H 20 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1896; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
3.
Ave Maria, Op. 9b/H 49 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1900; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
4.
Songs (5) from The Princess, Op. 20a/H 80 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Harriet Webb (Alto), Ruth Parker (Soprano), Joanna Gamble (Alto),
Jessica Loeb (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1905; England 
Length: 10 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
5.
Old English Carols (4), Op. 20b/H 82: no 3, Jesu, Thou the Virgin-born by Gustav Holst
Performer:  David Tilley (Bass), Amos McMaster-Christie (Tenor), John Marsh (Bass),
William Lee (Tenor)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1907; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
6.
Carols (2), H 91: no 1, A Welcome Song by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Robert Truman (Cello), David Theodore (Oboe)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1908; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
7.
In Youth is Pleasure, H 76 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 36 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
8.
Eastern Pictures (2), H 112 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Sioned Williams (Harp)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1911; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
9.
Bring us in good ale, Op. 34 no 4/H 131 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
10.
Lullay, my liking, Op. 34 no 2/H 129 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Jane Farrell (Soprano), Ruth Parker (Soprano), Jeremy Davies (Baritone),
Justine Davies (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
11.
Of one that is so fair, Op. 34 no 3/H 130 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  William Lee (Tenor), Tanya Wicks (Soprano), Victoria Simmonds (Alto),
Christopher Head (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1916; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
12.
Diverus and Lazarus, H 137 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  David Henderson (Bass), Paul Im Thurn (Bass)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1917; England 
Length: 4 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
13.
Carols (2), H 91: no 2, Terly, Terlow by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Robert Truman (Cello), David Theodore (Oboe)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
14.
Choral Folk Songs (6), Op. 36b/H 136 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Elizabeth Henderson (Soprano), Victoria Simmonds (Alto)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1916; England 
Length: 16 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
15.
Welsh Folksongs (12), H 183: no 9, My sweetheart's like Venus by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1931; England 
Length: 1 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: Welsh 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
16.
O Spiritual Pilgrim by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Jessica Loeb (Soprano)
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 2 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 
17.
Home they brought her warrior dead, H 81 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Stephen Layton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Holst Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 
Length: 1 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: 10/22/1993 - 10/24/1993 

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