Holst: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3

Holst: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3

by Susan Gritton
     
 

The third volume in Chandos' super audio series of the orchestral music of Gustav Holst presents two works where voices and instruments are combined, "The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18," on texts by Walt Whitman, and the "First Choral Symphony," on texts by John Keats. While neither composition achieved theSee more details below

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The third volume in Chandos' super audio series of the orchestral music of Gustav Holst presents two works where voices and instruments are combined, "The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18," on texts by Walt Whitman, and the "First Choral Symphony," on texts by John Keats. While neither composition achieved the popularity of his greatest triumph, "The Planets," each is cast in a grand, post-Romantic style that is immediately accessible and appealing. The "Mystic Trumpeter," a scena for soprano and orchestra, clearly shows the debt Holst owed to Richard Wagner, as well as the influence of his friend, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Its operatic form and lavish orchestration make it quite stirring, and soprano Susan Gritton sustains interest in the vocal part even when the orchestra dominates. The "First Choral Symphony" is much more imposing in its forces and 50-minute duration, and displays Holst's interest in English folk music and modal scales, as well as his absorption of impressionist tone colors. At times the symphony touches on the sonorities of "The Planets," and for that reason, fans of that piece might give it a try first because the idiom is familiar. Gritton, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and the BBC Symphony Chorus are brilliantly conducted by Andrew Davis, who took up this series after the death of Richard Hickox, and he gives this volume the same expansiveness and deep feeling his predecessor contributed to this repertoire.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/29/2013
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115512722
catalogNumber:
5127
Rank:
91041

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Tracks

  1. First Choral Symphony, for soprano, chorus & orchestra, Op. 41, H. 155  - Gustav Holst  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  -  BBC Symphony Chorus  - Susan Gritton  - Andrew Davis  - Caroline Harrison
  2. The Mystic Trumpeter, for soprano & orchestra, Op. 18, H. 71  - Gustav Holst  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Susan Gritton  - Andrew Davis

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