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Holst: String Chamber Music

Release Date: 09/22/2017 
Label:  Nmc   Catalog #: 236  
Composer:  Imogen Holst
Performer:  Tom HankeySimon Hewitt JonesDavid WorswickOliver Coates,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of NMC's commitments to new music is rescuing signifcant recordings that have been deleted. This award-winning album of first recordings of Imogen Holst's chamber works (originally released on the Court Lane Music label) is an important addition to the NMC catalogue, and a wonderful tribute to a signifant 20th-century British composer. Stylistically, many of the works share a similar soundworld to early Tippett and Finzi, however during the 1930s Imogen heard Berg's Wozzeck in Vienna, which had a profound impact. Her Sonata for Violin and Cello, written during this time, explores a darker, more unsettling dissonance. There is another reason that this release is important to NMC. It is thanks to Imogen (and Colin Matthews) that NMC Read more Recordings was created, back in 1989, with support from the Holst Foundation. Colin Matthews (Composer/NMC Executive Producer) says..." Imogen Holst was a visionary. When together we established the Holst Foundation, not long before her death in 1984, she was clear that she did not want its future role to be to subsidise her father’s music in the way that most other composer trusts function. Instead she hoped that it would be able to support the work of living composers; and this is what the Foundation has done for nearly 30 years. We had talked at length about the possibility of funding recordings, and although it took a while to get NMC off the ground, I have always felt that the label was founded with her blessing, and that she would have approved whole-heartedly of what we have achieved since 1989." Read less

Works on This Recording

Phantasy Quartet by Imogen Holst
Performer:  Tom Hankey (Violin), Simon Hewitt Jones (Violin), David Worswick (Violin),
Oliver Coates (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1928 
Duo for Viola and Piano by Imogen Holst
Performer:  Daniel Swain (Piano), Tom Hankey (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1968 
Trio for Strings no 1 by Imogen Holst
Performer:  Oliver Coates (Cello), Simon Hewitt Jones (Violin), Tom Hankey (Violin)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1944 
The Fall of the Leaf by Imogen Holst
Performer:  Thomas Hewitt Jones (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1962 
Sonata for Violin and Cello by Imogen Holst
Performer:  Simon Hewitt Jones (Violin), Oliver Coates (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930 
Quintet for Strings by Imogen Holst
Performer:  Oliver Coates (Cello), David Worswick (Violin), Simon Hewitt Jones (Violin),
Tom Hankey (Violin), Thomas Hewitt Jones (Cello)
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1982 

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