Holst: The Planets; Matthews: Pluto / Elder, Hallé, et al

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
>Matthews, Colin : Pluto, the Renewer
>Holst, Gustav : Lyric Movement, for viola & chamber orchestra, H. 191
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

When Gustav Holst composed his celebrated suite 'The Planets' during the First World War, the solar system was bounded by the orbit of Neptune. Although American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto during Holst's lifetime, the composer never expressed any intention of amending his by-then famous work. Sixty years later, invited to do so by The Halle Orchestra, Colin Matthews took up the challenge. His Pluto emerges eerily from the disappearing final bars of Holst's Neptune. This is the first recording of the 'completed' work, sumptuously recorded by Tony Faulkner in Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall. The CD also includes Holst's late Lyric Movement for viola and chamber orchestra, written in 1933, a year before the composer died.

'Wonderfully imaginative [Pluto] - a lightning-fast scherzo that grows out of the dying moments of a preceding Neptune and finally evaporates as mysteriously as it started' (The Guardian)

'The Planets' is beautifully performed, the Hallé on fine form and radiantly strong in Mars, Jupiter and Holst's swansong, the Lyric Suite' (The Yorkshire Post)

'Holstians will be grateful for a beautiful account of the melancholy Lyric Movement, but for those mainly interested in The Planets this has few rivals as a performance' (International Record Review)

'Colin Matthews has finally completed the picture with Pluto, and hearing it on this fine recording alongside Holst's original, the scale of his achievement becomes clear. Fast, pacy and light like the solar winds of the planet itself, Colin Matthews has enhanced our enjoyment and appreciation of Holst's original work, beautifully and movingly played here by the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder' (Classic FM Magazine)

'Pluto is an exhilaratingly fleet essay, laced with Holstian allusions. Elder also presides over a perceptive account of the haunting 1933 Lyric Movement ... Here's to more high-quality productions from this new partnership' (Gramophone)

'[Matthews] succeeds miraculously in evoking Holst's spirit while remaining genuine Matthews. This disc is a highly desirable addition to anyone's collection' (BBC Music Magazine)



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Works Details

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
  • Performer: Laurence Rogers (Horn)
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra Chorus
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (03/27/2001-03/28/2001)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Matthews, Colin : Pluto, the Renewer :: The Renewer, for orchestra (additional movement for Holst's "The Planets")
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (03/27/2001-03/28/2001)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 2000

>Holst, Gustav : Lyric Movement, for viola & chamber orchestra, H. 191
  • Performer: Tim Pooley (Viola)
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (03/27/2001-03/28/2001)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1933

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
  • Conductor: Mark Elder
  • Ensemble: Hallé Orchestra
  • Notes: Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, England (03/27/2001-03/28/2001)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916