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Holst - Orchestral Works [CD]

Gustav Holst Audio CD
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Gustav Holst, of Scandinavian ancestry on his father’s side, was born in the English spa town of Cheltenham in 1874 and studied music at the Royal College in London, using his second study, the trombone, to provide an income. He later became director of music at St Paul’s Girls’ School, retaining this connection until the end of his life. His music had a variable reception in ... Read more in Amazon's Gustav Holst Store

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  • Audio CD (30 April 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B000007N5X
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. A Somerset Rhapsody, Op. 21/2Royal Scottish National Orchestra 9:38Album Only
Listen  2. Beni Mora, Op. 29, No. 1: I. First DanceRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 6:180.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Beni Mora, Op. 29, No. 1: II. Second DanceRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 4:000.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Beni Mora, Op. 29, No. 1: III. Finale: In the Streets of the Ouled NailsRoyal Scottish National Orchestra 7:090.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Invocation for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 19/2Tim Hugh10:13Album Only
Listen  6. Fugal Overture, Op. 40/1Royal Scottish National Orchestra 5:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Egdon Heath, Op. 47Royal Scottish National Orchestra12:46Album Only
Listen  8. Hammersmith, Op. 52Royal Scottish National Orchestra13:36Album Only

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5.0 out of 5 stars Explore Life beyond The Planets 2 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
If ever there was a one hit wonder of the Classical World it is Gustav Holst. Don't miss out on his other music, especially when it is as well played and such a bargain as here.
David Lloyd Jones and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra give us a varied selection of the composers shorter orchestral works. They appear to have a natural affinity for the composer's sound world which manages to be both rich and restrained at the same time.
Holst went on trips with Vaughan Williams collecting folk tunes and his Somerset Rhapsody makesan interesting comparison with Vaughan Williams folk influenced works.
Ben Mora mixes full blooded late nineteenth century romanticism with more modern ideas.It and the bold brassy Fugal Overture are the nearest things here to The Planets Suite.
The Invocation for Cello and Orchestral is given a wonderfully searching rendition by Tim Hugh on the Cello. It is grounded in the late romantics but also seems to reach forward in time sounding not so far from Gorecki or John Tavener's The Protecting Veil.
A sense of Holst as an early 'Holy Minimalist' composer is even stronger in Edgon Heath as a simple musical figure is slowly developed, gradually appearing from the mists to achieve a beautiful resolution
I was initially disappointed to find that Hammersmith appearsin its original wind instrument version rather than the full orchestral one. But only until I heard it. Rarely has a wind band produced such a rich sound. This evocation of London near the River Thames calls to be heard next to Vaughan Williams' London Symphony.
Well, with something for lovers of the Late Romantics, Vaughan Williams,and the likes of Gorecki and John Tavener this is a disc that deserves wide attention. In fact it should appeal to anyone who enjoys the melodic side of twentieth century classical music. Don't let Holst be a one hit wonder any longer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You must buy this recording! 3 Jun 2005
Format:Audio CD
This is a gorgeous recording and one of Naxos' amazing bargains - excelling quality for hardly any money. The "Somerset Rhapsody" is tremendously evocative - full of rousing melodies and brilliantly orchestrated, superbly performed too. The real revelation for me, though, is the "Invocation for Cello and Orchestra", which I would thoroughly recommend to anyone - an absolute gem of a piece - I can't understand how I had never heard it before as it is truly beautiful. The cello performance by Tim Hugh is perfect - very moving. The orchestra reaches inspiring heights too. You should buy this - you can't go wrong!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly Holst 12 May 2011
By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
I suppose it took the combination of the superlative press reviews of this excellent Naxos collection, and my delight on listening to this beautiful recording, reinforced by the recent excellent BBC4 film on Holst, for me to realise how relatively unsung he is, given the breadth and range of his compositional career. The music here is both conventionally pastoral and lyrical, yet shot through with a deeper unease which anticipates both Britten, and the use of an insistent musical pulse, which became reflected in the minimalism of Glass, Adams and Reich. Needless to say, this originality was rarely appreciated by the audiences of the time.

My fellow reviewers have done a masterful job in exploring the strengths and qualities of the pieces here, so I'd like to stress the quality of the outstanding performance by the Scottish National Orchestra under the baton of David Lloyd-Jones, drawing some scintillating playing from his musicians. The album is full of power and delicacy, strings and brass beautifully balanced, with a lovely warm and clear recording at the Henry Wood Hall in Glasgow. Tim Hugh's bow work in the Invocation for Cello and Orchestra is a gossamer wonder, and has echoes of Elgar. Following the pastoral hues of Somerset Rhapsody, Beni Mora has both the exotic colours and swirling sensuousness of dance movements, allied to Holst's ground-breaking use of a repeated melodic pulse to beguile and entrance, while the relative starkness of Egdon Heath (written for Thomas Hardy, who Holst much admired, who died before its first performance), provides a suitable foil. As you might expect, Hammersmith is a bustling, lively piece. There's not a weak piece here, and the whole collection is sparklingly presented.
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This thought provoking and informative disc, recorded in 1996, provides valuable insights into six more pieces, three from the world before the Planets and three from after. This is not a random choice but a carefully chosen selection, recorded chronologically, and intended to put the most familiar works of Holst in the context of a broader time scale.

To that end the disc starts with the early Somerset Rhapsody which shows the immediate attraction of folk-song to Holst. This rapidly expanded to the Orient with Beni Mora. The last movement with its repetitive figure in particular points the way forward to the future Planets and is already some distance from Somerset in every way. The Invocation for cello and orchestra is a most attractive work that both Holst and Imogen Holst did not recognise as being of great value. Thus it has remained largely forgotten up to now. It is given a very sensitive performance by Tim Hugh and is clearly a work worth greater exposure.

Holst found his popularity resulting from the Planets and the similar but much shorter Perfect Fool ballet far from his taste, being of a more academic frame of mind. He therefore chose to continue on his own path and his later works were considered tougher to crack from the listeners' point of view.

This disc provides three examples of the path that Holst took away from his 'middle' and most publicly successful period. The Fugal Overture is still relatively easy to follow and clearly owes a great deal of it's world to the sound world of the Planets. There are the same asymmetrical rhythms and textural use of the orchestral instruments. Egdon Heath, on the other hand, is an accurately bleak landscape portrait based on ideas put forward by Thomas Hardy and whose words are quoted in the heading to the score.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb quality at an amazing price
An excellent combination of the familiar pre-WW1 English idyll mood and a much darker and austere modernist style that I personally had never been aware of in Holst. Read more
Published 1 month ago by peterbateson
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent recording of Holst
Technically this is a very well engineered recording of Holst pieces with a huge dynamic range. Just a shame it didn't contain the ballet suite 'The Perfect Fool'.
Published 4 months ago by Daveyboy
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate Holst collection
This disc is simply a wonderful introduction to listeners who want to get to know Holst as more then just composer of 'The Planets Suite'. Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2012 by os
3.0 out of 5 stars Hols - Orchestral Works
I found the recording up to expectations except for one thing, the actual volume.
It's almost inaudible when played from track one, which means if it's played in shuffle mode... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2012 by Mick K
5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasurable Holst from planet Earth
Of course there's more to Holst than The Planets; much more in fact, but still plenty of forgettable guff as well. Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2011 by Philoctetes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Really good to find a selection of Holst's works other than
The Planets and St Paul's Suite, great though they are. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2011 by Hayseed
5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just A One Trick Pony!!
Enchanting CD that proves there's more to Holst than just the magnum opus of The Planets Suite!
Excellent Naxos presentation, performed to perfection (Royal Scottish National... Read more
Published on 29 April 2009 by Adam Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't think about it - just buy it
..honestly you just can't go wrong at the price.
Demo quality sound and great music.
A must if you have got The Planets and are looking further into the music of... Read more
Published on 17 Aug 2008 by Kamakiriad
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