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Holst: Orchestral Works, Vol. 3 - First Choral Symphony; The Mystic Trumpeter / Susan Gritton, soprano

Audio Samples

>Holst, Gustav : The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18
>Holst, Gustav : First Choral Symphony, Op. 41/H 155

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18
>Holst, Gustav : First Choral Symphony, Op. 41/H 155
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The Grammy-nominated soprano Susan Gritton joins Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Chorus and Orchestra in the third volume of Chandos' series exploring orchestral works by Gustav Holst. Inspired by Keats's writings, the First Choral Symphony was described by Holst as 'the best thing I have written.' It is paired with The Mystic Trumpeter, a work based on a poem by Walt Whitman.

The Guardian, 17th October 2013
Though beautifully shaped by Davis, Gritton and the BBC Symphony Chorus, it's not the unconvincingly structured and overlong symphony...but [The The Mystic Trumpeter] that makes the bigger impression...Gritton sings it ravishingly, too.

BBC Music Magazine, December 2013
The chief asset...is soprano Susan Gritton's unaffected engagement with Holst's bright-eyed and full-hearted response to Whitman. Andrew Davis conducts a warm and idiomatic account.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2013
This is surely Holst's greatest work. Andrew Davis is fast becoming the most incisive and authoritative interpreter of British music and this wonderful recording is testimony...This is a musical treat which is a must for any lover of Holst and the British choral tradition.

American Record Guide, March/April 2014
Choral Symphony invites the listener into Holst's world almost reluctantly. Andrew Davis's performance is well done in fine sound. Davis turns the tables in III, where the superior diction of his chorus pays dividends in very tricky music, and his men supply more power than Boult's. Davis is also preferable in IV, mainly because the more defined choral work is a bonus in such a long movement. Gritton is very good.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Fairfield Halls, Croydon (04/06/2013/04/07/2013).



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Works Details

>Holst, Gustav : The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Ensemble: BBC Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Fairfield Halls, Croydon (04/06/2013/04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1904-1912

>Holst, Gustav : First Choral Symphony, Op. 41/H 155
  • Performer: Susan Gritton (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: Fairfield Halls, Croydon (04/06/2013/04/07/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923-1924