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Holst: This have I done for my true love CD


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  • Conductor: Stephen Layton
  • Composer: Gustav Holst
  • Audio CD (21 May 2004)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hyperion
  • ASIN: B00026W672
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ave Maria, Op. 23, 2 - Gustav Holst
2. Of One That Is So Fair and Bright - Gustav Holst
3. A Welcome Song - Gustav Holst
4. Jesu, Thou the Virgin-born - Gustav Holst
5. Terly, terlow - Gustav Holst
6. Lullay My Liking - Gustav Holst
7. Bring Us in Good Ale - Gustav Holst
8. Diverus and Lazarus - Gustav Holst
9. This Have I Done for My True Love - Gustav Holst
10. Sweet Snd Low
11. The splendour falls
12. Tears, idle tears
13. O swallow, swallow
14. Home they brought her warrior dead
15. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
16. O spiritual pilgrim - Gustav Holst
17. Mae 'nghariad i'n Fenws - Gustav Holst
18. Spring
19. Summer
20. Light leaves whisper - Gustav Holst
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Product Description

Partsongs : Ave Maria - A Welcome Song - Songs from the Princess - This have I done for my true love... / David Theodore, hautbois - Robert Truman, violoncelle - Sioned Williams, harpe - The Holst Singers, dir. Stephen Layton

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ashropshirelad on 9 Nov 2008
Format: Audio CD
Holst's fabulous music for unaccompanied choral groups is like no other. Stanford and Vaughan Williams sometimes come close, but Holst seems to have an instinct for getting the setting just right, time after time, perhaps born of his many years as a school music teacher. You might think that 70 minutes of part-songs could become trying, yet Holst's lyricism, subtlety and invention keep you entranced throughout: sit quietly and just listen. It is a continuing mystery to me that Holst remains so unfashionable and comparatively neglected. I am a great fan of much choral music - Byrd, Tallis, Dufay, Bach, Handel, Pärt et al - but only Holst can move me to tears with his deceptively simple, warm, and certainly never saccharine or obvious, arrangements. They often seem to capture the absolute essence of the English idyll, evoking - for example - Hardy's Wessex and a time when we were all closer to the land and the seasons. If any music could encourage one to think better of one's fellow men, this is surely it: if every household in the country had a copy of this disc, I'm convinced we'd be a kinder, happier nation. The Holst Singers' performance, supplemented in places with sensitively played oboe, cello and harp, is near flawless, and frequently transports you to an almost celestial plane: there are, indeed, echoes of The Planets' ethereal last movement (Neptune) in some of the songs on this disc. Finally, if you like this, then the Holst Singers' earlier outing on Hyperion ("The Evening Watch") is, arguably, even finer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Leon on 2 May 2013
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Beautiful music sung by wonderful singers. For those of you who think Gustav Holst is just 'The Planets' then please look at other Holst music of which this is a truly recommended option.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I *really* like this CD 22 Jan 2003
By L. Mountford - Published on Amazon.com
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Like others here, I've heard several recordings of many of these pieces, and I've sung several of them. This is, by far, my favorite recording of a number of them.
If I had to select one of the pieces, it would be "I Love My Love." The performance by the Holst Singers is *perfect* -- the singers are so totally in touch with the text and music that I cannot think of anything they could have done differently that would improve it. You can hear the sad desperation in the young girl's voice as she chants the song's title over and over from her cell in Bedlam through the vibrato-less almost "dead" sound of the sopranos. You can just picture her, driven nearly mad by the cruelty of her love's parents. You can hear the young man's passion as he races to rescue her; her quiet disbelief as she searches for the truth. They just don't write 'em like this anymore, and you won't hear a better interpretation of this anywhere else. The tempo is what it needs to be to convey the emotion and message of the text.
I'll be using this as a "reference" recording for this music from now on. Bravo!!!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant! 30 Aug 2000
By Pascal Tremblay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Well, it seems that some reviewers does not appreciate that CD as mush as I do. Personnaly, I have not heard other interpretations and I ignore all critics based on interpretation. It is useless to do so because that is a question of taste. Think about it: on what can we base ourselves to critic interpretation? There is only an answer: on ther other we heard. Which in particular? The first one. We get used to the first recording we listen to. Thus, any recordings that comes after is simply... not the same. Personnaly, I find this CD quite good, singers are perfect, sound is good and the selection is impeccable. All songs are incredible. A Welcome Song is just so lyric and Lullay My Liking so unforgettable. If I just give 4 stars it is because I cannot assume that ir is the best recording ever since I did not heard other ones (safe for some songs on other Holst's CDs).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Magnificent! 12 Feb 2011
By BagMommy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of the most beautiful choral cd's I've ever heard or owned. I never get tired of listening to it, especially the title track. It is a great tool for prayer.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful choral singing 19 Dec 2012
By Donald G. Barnhouse - Published on Amazon.com
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Gustav Holst is far more than the composer of The Planets. I love The Planets, particuarly Neptune, and if you remember the choral singing which concludes Neptune you may understand why it will be worth your while to explore some of his other choral writing.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Perhaps interpretation differs.... but quality is good. 20 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge conniseur of choral music, and this CD is not as bad as those other people have made it out to be! Yes, some of the songs may have been performed differently than I have, or they have performed it, but then again, why is music performed? We all give our own interpretations of music when we conduct. Who are we to say which interpretation is better than another? It is all personal taste. Do not let those two pessamists dissuade you from trying it out. They generally blend well, they have dynamics and emotion, and they sing in tune, so what are they griping about! I've enjoyed it.
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