Gustav Holst - A Fugal Overture • A Somerset Rhapsody • Beni Mora - Oriental Suite • Hammersmith - A Prelude & Scherzo for Orchestra • Scherzo • Japanese Suite*

London Philharmonic Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra*
Sir Adrian Boult, conductor

Label: Lyrita
Copyright: 1992 Lyrita Recorded Edition, England
Catalogue number: SRCD.222
UPC/EAN: 5020926022226
Format: CD
Analogue / Digital recording: ADD
Number of discs: 1
Total playing time: 61.48
Price: 14.99 (+ postage & packing)

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"This disc very usefully contains all the Holst recordings made for Lyrita by Sir Adrian. Boult was a close friend of Holst, and his performances have unmistakable authority. Each item is brought to life in a clear-sighted, objective yet expressive fashion. There are no interpretative frills, but there is much insight and a quiet, confident mastery. Nowadays deleted Lyrita LPs are much sought after by vinyl audiophiles, but in those cases where I have made a direct comparison the new CD transfers have more presence, and sound that is very good indeed" Gramophone

"Boult and his Philharmonic players are in sparkling form with the moody and fiery Scherzo for Orchestra, a work that never seems able to rest. In the Japanese Suite Boult proves an invigorating and refreshing guide and his LSO respond with enthusiasm. In the Prelude - Song of the Fisherman the reading is dreamy and languid and I loved the robustly dramatic Ceremonial Dance ..." Michael Cookson, Click here to read the full review

"A feast of Holst. Many of the pieces on this disc come from the fringes of the Holstian output, yet there is seemingly infinite delight here. Of course the fact that the conductor is Sir Adrian Boult helps all the music gets supremely selfless championship and both London orchestras play their hearts out for him ... A magnificent journey of exploration, therefore, into the lesser-known byways of a major composer. Unhesitatingly recommended." Colin Clarke, Click here to read the full review

1 A Fugal Overture, Opus 40 no.1 Gustav Holst 5.12
2 A Somerset Rhapsody, Opus 21 no.2 Gustav Holst 9.01
Beni Mora, Oriental Suite, Opus 29 no.1 Gustav Holst 17.13
3 1. First Dance 6.28
4 2. Second Dance 3.55
5 3. In the Street of the Ouled Nails 6.50
6 Hammersmith - Prelude & Scherzo, Opus 52 Gustav Holst 13.40
7 Scherzo Gustav Holst 5.29
Japanese Suite, Opus 33 Gustav Holst 11.06
8 1. Prelude, Song of the Fisherman 2.35
9 2. Ceremonial Dance 1.52
10 3. Dance of the Marionette 1.44
11 4. Interlude, Song of the Fisherman 0.49
12 5. Dance under the Cherry Tree 2.25
13 6. Finale, Dance of the Wolves 1.41