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Gustav Holst: The Collector's Edition [6 CDs]

Notes & Reviews:

EMI Classics presents a magnificent collection that celebrates the life and career of English composer Gustav Holst. Containing an outstanding selction of Holst's greatest works including his most famous orchestral suite The Planets, the rare The Perfect Fool, as well as the Walt Whitman inspired Ode to Death. This 6-CD collector's edition provides a chance for all classical music aficionados to listen and experience his timeless compositions.

Gustav Holst: The Collector's Edition feature an extraordinary assembly of artists, including Sir Adrian Boult, Andre Previn, Sir Malcom Sagent, and most significantly, Holst's own daughter, Imogen Holst. From Sir Charles Grove's collaboration with the London Philharmonic Orchestra in multiple works such as: Ode to Death, The Hymn of Jesus, and Short Festival To Deum, to Ralph Down's beautiful organ contributions in A Choral Fantasia and Psalm 86, and finally to the closing Opera performed by the English Chamber Orchestra, the work and spirit of Holst will live on through this memorable tribute.

MusicWeb International, June 2012
This adroitly assembled set should sell like a bonfire and fully deserves to.

The Guardian, 28th June 2012
[Boult's 'Planets'] remains one the finest around.


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