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Re: Non-Planets Holst
« Reply #240 on: October 31, 2018, 09:35:22 AM »
The band suites are beloved classics in that lit;  great fun to play, and thoroughly gratifying music.

Yes, I recall that you liked these Karl.
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Re: Non-Planets Holst
« Reply #241 on: October 31, 2018, 10:35:37 AM »
Yes, I recall that you liked these Karl.

I might have been in the eighth grade when I first played these . . . .
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Re: Non-Planets Holst
« Reply #242 on: November 18, 2018, 11:03:09 AM »
For those who can access BBC I-player, a documentary that could be of interest about RvW and Holst :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bshhss/holst-and-vaughan-williams-making-music-english
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Re: Non-Planets Holst
« Reply #243 on: November 18, 2018, 12:44:33 PM »
For those who can access BBC I-player, a documentary that could be of interest about RvW and Holst :

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bshhss/holst-and-vaughan-williams-making-music-english

Thanks - I recorded it but haven't watched it yet.

It was excellent - please see the VW thread, where I wrote a bit about it, if you are interested.
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Re: Non-Planets Holst
« Reply #244 on: November 20, 2018, 12:47:09 AM »
Thanks - I recorded it but haven't watched it yet.

It was excellent (please see VW thread where I wrote a bit about it if you are interested).
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Re: Non-Planets Holst
« Reply #245 on: May 18, 2019, 08:11:26 PM »
Last night, I finally listened to a work which I've been meaning to listen to for a while - Holst's (First) Choral Symphony. What a magnificent work! By turns mysterious, mercurial, and glowingly lyrical, it's a superbly written work for voices and orchestra alike. There are several passages which echo The Planets and, more importantly, much music of great individuality and impact. This new Chandos recording is exemplary in all regards:


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Re: Non-Planets Holst
« Reply #246 on: May 19, 2019, 12:14:18 AM »
Last night, I finally listened to a work which I've been meaning to listen to for a while - Holst's (First) Choral Symphony. What a magnificent work! By turns mysterious, mercurial, and glowingly lyrical, it's a superbly written work for voices and orchestra alike. There are several passages which echo The Planets and, more importantly, much music of great individuality and impact. This new Chandos recording is exemplary in all regards:




It's probably my favourite work by Holst, much as I like The Planets, Egdon Heath etc. Glad you enjoyed it Kyle. You might also like The Cloud Messenger if you don't already know it. I don't think that it's as consistently good as The First Choral Symphony but it has some wonderful moments, including an extraordinary proto-minimalist passage.
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Re: Non-Planets Holst
« Reply #247 on: May 20, 2019, 10:52:29 AM »
It's probably my favourite work by Holst, much as I like The Planets, Egdon Heath etc. Glad you enjoyed it Kyle. You might also like The Cloud Messenger if you don't already know it. I don't think that it's as consistently good as The First Choral Symphony but it has some wonderful moments, including an extraordinary proto-minimalist passage.

I listened to The Cloud Messenger (which, astonishingly, only seems to have one recording - Hickox on Chandos) last night and was once again blown away! What rapturous music! There’s one section in particular that’s quite mesmerizing where women’s voices sings a wordless, melismatic “ah” to a haunting, “oriental” melodic line. Indeed, there is so much more to Holst than The Planets!
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Re: Non-Planets Holst
« Reply #248 on: May 20, 2019, 12:38:14 PM »
I listened to The Cloud Messenger (which, astonishingly, only seems to have one recording - Hickox on Chandos) last night and was once again blown away! What rapturous music! There’s one section in particular that’s quite mesmerizing where women’s voices sings a wordless, melismatic “ah” to a haunting, “oriental” melodic line. Indeed, there is so much more to Holst than The Planets!

Delighted that you liked it Kyle! You're quite right - that is the one and only recording.
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