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

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313033973
  • Catalog Number: 8570339
  • Sales rank: 102,819

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–3 Brook Green Suite, for strings, H. 190 - Gustav Holst & English Sinfonia (6:00)
  2. 2 A Song of the Night, for violin & orchestra. Op. 19/1, H. 74 - Gustav Holst & English Sinfonia (8:15)
  3. 5–8 St. Paul's Suite, for strings, Op. 29/2, H. 118 - Gustav Holst & English Sinfonia (12:23)
  4. 6 Lyric Movement, for viola & chamber orchestra, H. 191 - Gustav Holst & English Sinfonia (11:35)
  5. 10–12 A Fugal Concerto, for flute, oboe & string orchestra, Op 40/2, H. 152 - Gustav Holst & English Sinfonia (8:23)
  6. 13–15 Double Concerto, for 2 violins & orchestra, Op. 49, H. 175 - Gustav Holst & English Sinfonia (14:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Howard Griffiths Primary Artist
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