Saturday, June 17, 2017

Gustav Holst - Orchestral Works (Adrian Boult)


Composer: Gustav Holst
  1. (01) A Fugal Overture, Op. 40 No. 1
  2. (02) A Somerset Rhapsody, Op. 21 No. 2
  3. (03-05) Beni Mora, Oriental Suite, Op. 29 No. 1
  4. (06) Hammersmith, Prelude and Scherzo for orchestra, Op. 52
  5. (07) Scherzo
  6. (08-13) Japanese Suite, O. 33

London Philharmonic Orchestra (1-7)
London Symphony Orchestra (8-13)
Adrian Boult, conductor

Date: 1968 (1), 1971 (8-13), 1972 (2-7)
Label: Lyrita




Adrian Boult brought tremendous authority to any recording he made of 20th century British works, having known the composers and often having conducted the premiere performances. These recordings, made in the early 1970s, demonstrate that age took not a bit of his musical command or energy on the podium. Boult was particularly associated with Gustav Holst (he conducted the public premiere of The Planets). Since this compilation presents some of the crown jewels of Lyrita’s history, anyone with any interest in British music of the first third of the 20th century should consider this CD a mandatory acquisition. Beni-Mora is unusually picturesque and passionate; the Fugal Overture’s wit and lyricism belies the impression of stodginess its title suggests; and the virtually unknown Japanese Suite charms and invigorates. The 30-year-old sound is still better–cleaner, clearer, and more natural–than most of the stuff major labels are putting out in standard CD sound today. [3/12/2008]

-- ClassicsToday

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Gustav Holst (21 September 1874 – 25 May 1934) was an English composer, arranger and teacher. Best known for his orchestral suite The Planets, he composed a large number of other works across a range of genres, although none achieved comparable success. Apart from The Planets and a handful of other works, his music was generally neglected until the 1980s, since when recordings of much of his output have been available. His distinctive compositional style was the product of many influences, including Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, English folk songs and modern composers such as Maurice Ravel.


Adrian Boult (8 April 1889 – 22 February 1983) was an English conductor. Boult was known for his championing of British music. He gave the first performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets, and introduced new works by, among others, Bliss, Britten, Delius, Tippett, Vaughan Williams and Walton. In his BBC years he introduced works by foreign composers, including Bartók, Berg, Stravinsky, Schoenberg and Webern. As well as a series of extensive recordings that have remained in the catalogue for decades, Boult's legacy includes his influence on prominent conductors of later generations, including Colin Davis and Vernon Handley.


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