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Holst: Somerset Rhapsody, Hammersmith, Japanese & Oriental Suites etc

14 Aug 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 28 Aug 2007
  • Label: Lyrita
  • Copyright: 2007 Lyrita
  • Total Length: 1:01:41
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  • ASIN: B001L8Q5UO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 163,310 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alfietucker on 13 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you already know the Planets, and have enjoyed the ballet music to The Perfect Fool, then this is probably a good disc to try next to sample the range of Holst's style. The performances are a bit variable in success, but are always very capable and polished. Most successful are those of the deceptively titled 'Fugal Overture' (don't be put off - this is a wonderfully brassy extravaganza which could easily have inspired film composer John Williams, and which Holst appropriately suggested as an opener to The Perfect Fool); A Somerset Rhapsody - a most poetic performance which in my opinion has never been bettered, showing something of the wistful late-Romantic style of Holst (and indeed of Vaughan Williams) pre the First World War; and the Japanese Suite, based on authentic Japanese themes but decked out in Holst's best Rimsky-Korsakov-style scoring and no less evocative for that. The rest is slightly disappointing: Beni Mora is captured in sonic splendour, but lacks the razmatazz showmanship of Malcolm Sargent in this work; Hammersmith lacks the good humour of the original wind band version; and the Scherzo, all that Holst completed of his final symphony, lacks the sparkle and magic that Richard Hickox found in his Chandos recording. But the rest of the programme makes this disc definitely a worthwhile purchase.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. H. A. Jones TOP 500 REVIEWER on 11 Aug 2011
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Boult conducts Holst

This is another collection of shorter works by Gustav Holst and released on CD. They were originally released on LP in 1971 and 1972. They are played by the London Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestras, conducted by a master interpreter of English music, Sir Adrian Boult.

Here we have the `Fugal Overture'; `A Somerset Rhapsody', dedicated to folk song archivist Cecil Sharp, and representing a re-working of tunes collected by Sharp; `Beni Mora', a three-movement suite inspired by the music Holst heard during his time in Algeria, with more than a hint of the mysticism to be found in the slightly later Suite in C, `The Planets'; the `Japanese Suite', dating from about the same time; and `Hammersmith' and `Scherzo', works that Holst composed near the end of his life.

This is a delightful collection of easy-to-listen-to works by Holst that show his masterful use of the orchestra. Conductor and orchestras give them highly satisfying and enjoyable interpretations, faithfully reproduced as always by Lyrita.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 May 2013
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This disc, compiled from recordings made in 1968 and 1971, features a very useful collection of shorter works which are all expertly written and reflect Holst's interest in Eastern topics. All the pieces make for very enjoyable and easy listening and extend the listening experience well beyond the Planets. The recording does not betray its age and is satisfyingly wide ranging and therefore realistic.

The Beni Mora suite is perhaps the most well known of these works and this recording joins fine ones currently available from Sargent and Lloyd-Jones. The Sargent version is particularly exciting and comes with a marvellously restored Planets - the one I grew up with but now in much better sound (and played on much better equipment)!

The Somerset Rhapsody, Fugal Overture and Hammersmith also double up on the Lloyd-Jones disc and, to be fair, Boult and his two orchestras have the edge (slight) in every case. However, what Boult does not have are Egdon Heath and the Invocation for cello and orchestra which are excellent reasons for buying both discs! This is also necessary because Lloyd-Jones does not offer the Japanese suite or the Scherzo.

I therefore suggest that collectors should consider purchasing both the Boult disc as here plus the excellent Lloyd-Jones disc on Naxos in order to maximise the collection of recorded music. I would also not wish to be without the Sargent disc. On further reflection, I have not done without any of them!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meals M on 12 July 2012
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I love this CD. As the former curator of the Holst Birthplace Museum I am delighted to see the Lyrita label being re-released. It was always a sadness that they were not easily available.
Boult knew Holst: he was the first to conduct Holst's 'Planet Suite', he was only 29 at the time. This makes this CD special - a conduit to the composer.
In addition the material here is varied, Beni Mora is hardly known at all and it really ought to be. Holst foreshadows Britten (and minimalism) with a flute refrain ('In the Street of Ouled Nails') repeated 163 times. This was much criticised at the time - too far in advance of its day. Inspired by a trip to Algiers it is great stuff.
'Hammersmith' is a jolly piece written for BBC Military Band: Holst was a true pioneer in this genre. The piece also refers to a life time of living and teaching (at St Paul's Girls' School) in the Hammersmith area.
You also get 'The Fugal Overture' - light and tripping - a little like Eric Coates. Then 'Somerset Rhapsody' with the most beautiful playing of the 'Sheep-Shearing Song' ('A Rosebud in June') on the oboe. Holst like Cecil Sharp and Vaughan Williams, collected folk tunes in the early 1900's. These Holst mined wonderfully.
Finally, there is the 'Japanese Suite' - the tunes where whistled to Holst by the dancer Michio Ito - as Holst did not know any Japanese tunes. The music does not sound Japanese, which is hardly suprising, but it's melancholic refrains and delicate orchestrations deserve to be better known.
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