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3.0 out of 5 stars Perfect performances and recordings., 30 May 2012
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This review is from: Holst: Cotswolds Symphony / Walt Whitman Overture / A Winter Idyll / Japanese Suite / Indra (Audio CD)
I love Holst's music with a passion this side idolatry.
I have made musical pilgrimages to Cheltenham, Thaxted and Hammersmith.
I have sat through student productions of The Wandering Scholar and Savitri.
But even I have to admit that apart from the ten minutes of the delightful Japanese suite
there is little here that sounds like the real thing, the unique Holstian sound world I love.

Jo Ann Falletta and the Ulster Orchestra cannot be faulted
but this disc is interesting rather than enjoyable.
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2012, 12:24:39 BST
I do not understand the expression ` the real thing` more explnation please

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2012, 13:05:29 BST
Last edited by the author on 27 Jun 2012, 13:25:15 BST
What more "explnation" do you need, Don,
beyond what I have already stated?

There is little on the disc that sounds like the unique Holstian musical expression
that can be heard in the Japanese suite and others of his later works.

Are you telling me that you can't tell the difference between the music on this disc and the 'Planets'? .

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Jul 2012, 02:10:10 BST
Bedinog says:
It's possible Devonshire Lad doesn't have the wide experience of Holst you have (and many others including me), and doesn't actually have the disc-he is probably dependent on various reviews to persuade him to acquire it.
There are many folk who measure Holst purely by the soundworld of 'The Planets', not realising that early Holst often bears little resemblance to 'Planets' and 'post-Planets' Holst. You know your Holst, and those less expert can only learn through listening and the helpfulness of those more experienced.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 May 2013, 12:09:30 BST
Last edited by the author on 1 Jun 2013, 16:53:00 BST
brychan says:
I tend to agree with you,Bedinog (and hi there,'Devonshire lad'!). It seems allot of people appear to have difficulty coming to terms with Holst's output,beyond the famous 'Planets' suite. In fact,If there is such a thing as a 'real' Holst,I would go so far as to suggest that it is to be found in such works as 'The Hymn of Jesus','The Wandering Scholar', 'Savitri','Egdon Heath',the 'Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda' & 'Choral Fantasia'. 'The Planets' is a big,spectacular orchestral showpiece,which,in many ways,seems at odds with the more refined,introspective sound world of Holst's,imho,more satisfying output. The works cited above are a good example of these & I would thoroughly recommend them.
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