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

> The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18 - Hark! some wild trumpeter -
> The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18 - Blow again, trumpeter - O, how the immortal phantoms crowd around me -
> The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18 - Blow again, trumpeter - O trumpeter -
> The Mystic Trumpeter, Op. 18 - Now, trumpeter, for thy close
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - Prelude: Invocation to Pan: O Thou, whose might palace roof doth hang (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - I. Song and Bacchanal: Part 1: Beneath my palm trees, by the river side (Soprano)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - I. Song and Bacchanal: Part 1: And as I sat, over the light blue hills (Soprano)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - I. Song and Bacchanal: Part 2: Whence came ye, merry Damsels (Chorus) - Part 3: Within his car, aloft, young Bacchus stood (Soprano) - Part 4: Whence came ye, jolly Satyrs (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - I. Song and Bacchanal: Part 5: Onward the tiger and the leopard pants (Soprano) - Part 6: Bacchus, young Bacchus (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - II. Ode on a Grecian Urn: Thou still unravish'd bride of quietness (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - II. Ode on a Grecian Urn: Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - II. Ode on a Grecian Urn: Ah, happy, happy boughs! that cannot shed (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - II. Ode on a Grecian Urn: Who are these coming to the sacrifice? (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - II. Ode on a Grecian Urn: O Attic shape! fair attitude! with brede (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - III. Scherzo: Part 1: Fancy: Ever let the Fancy roam (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - III. Scherzo: Part 2: Folly's Song: When wedding fiddles are a-playing (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - IV. Finale: Part 1: Spirit here that reignest! (Soprano) - Part 2: God of the golden bow (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - IV. Finale: Part 3: Then, through thy Temple wide (Soprano) - Part 4: 'Tis awful silence then again (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - IV. Finale: Part 5: Next thy Tasso's ardent numbers (Soprano) - Part 6: But when Thou joinest with the Nine (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - IV. Finale: Part 6: Bards of Passion and of Mirth (Chorus)
> First Choral Symphony, Op. 41 - IV. Finale: Part 7: Spirit here that reignest (Soprano) - Bards of Passion and of Mirth (Chorus)

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