Holst: Double Concerto; St Paul's Suite; Brook Green Suite

Holst: Double Concerto; St Paul's Suite; Brook Green Suite

by Howard Griffiths
     
 

Prior to this disc, Howard Griffiths was best known as a conductor of the lesser-known late-Classical/early-Romantic Austro-Germanic symphonists: Ignace Pleyel, Franz Krommer, Paul Wranitzky, and their ilk. On this 2005 Naxos disc he turns in spirited and soulful performancesSee more details below

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Prior to this disc, Howard Griffiths was best known as a conductor of the lesser-known late-Classical/early-Romantic Austro-Germanic symphonists: Ignace Pleyel, Franz Krommer, Paul Wranitzky, and their ilk. On this 2005 Naxos disc he turns in spirited and soulful performances with the English Sinfonia of the music of English modernist Gustav Holst. By programming the well-known "St. Paul" and "Brook Green Suites" along with the less-well-known "A Song of the Night for violin and orchestra" and "A Fugal Concerto for flute, oboe, and strings," Griffiths grants the listener familiar only with the composer's extremely well-known "Planets Suite" a much broader picture of Holst's achievement. The soloists are all consistently marvelous, although violist Andriy Viytovych is particularly impressive in his ardent performance of the late "Lyric Movement for viola and chamber orchestra." The English Sinfonia's ensemble performances are powerfully cohesive, amazingly agile, strongly rhythmic, and, when it's called for, wonderfully atmospheric. But best of all, after years spent in the Austro-Germanic wilderness, Griffiths seems wholly sympathetic to Holst's richly intellectual, exquisitely colorful, austerely lyrical, and deeply if reservedly emotional music and his Holst performances are in the same league as Hickox, Hogwood, and perhaps even Boult. Recorded in lush sound at St. Clements Church, Islington, London, by producer Jakob Händel, these performances will gratify anyone who enjoys English modernist music in general and Holst in particular.

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Editorial Reviews

Daily Telegraph - Matthew Rye
The real finds are the two works for solo strings and orchestra. A Song of the Night would grace any violinist's repertoire, and is lyrically performed by the English Sinfonia's leader.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/24/2007
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313033973
catalogNumber:
8570339
Rank:
132398

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Tracks

  1. Brook Green Suite, for strings, H. 190  - Gustav Holst  -  English Sinfonia  - Howard Griffiths  - Griffiths Howard
  2. A Song of the Night, for violin & orchestra. Op. 19/1, H. 74  - Gustav Holst  -  English Sinfonia  - Janice Graham  - Howard Griffiths  - Griffiths Howard
  3. St. Paul's Suite, for strings, Op. 29/2, H. 118  - Gustav Holst  -  English Sinfonia  - Howard Griffiths  - Griffiths Howard
  4. Lyric Movement, for viola & chamber orchestra, H. 191  - Gustav Holst  -  English Sinfonia  - Howard Griffiths  - Griffiths Howard  - Andriy Viytovych
  5. A Fugal Concerto, for flute, oboe & string orchestra, Op 40/2, H. 152  - Gustav Holst  -  English Sinfonia  - Howard Griffiths  - Anna Pyne  - Philip Harmer  - Griffiths Howard
  6. Double Concerto, for 2 violins & orchestra, Op. 49, H. 175  - Gustav Holst  -  English Sinfonia  - Janice Graham  - Howard Griffiths  - Sarah Ewins  - Griffiths Howard

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