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Holst: The Hymn of Jesus, Choral Symphony, etc

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : The Hymn of Jesus, for 2 choruses, female semi-chorus & orchestra, Op. 37, H. 140
>Holst, Gustav : First Choral Symphony, Op. 41/H 155
>Holst, Gustav : The Wandering Scholar, opera, Op. 50, H. 176
>Holst, Gustav : At the Boar's Head, 1-act opera, Op. 42, H. 156
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Here we present a number of pathbreaking recordings from the 1970s and 1981. The first CD presents The Hymn of Jesus under Sir Charles Groves and the Choral Symphony, a large-scale setting of Keats, under Sir Adrian Boult. On the second CD, witty chamber opera The Wandering Scholar is paired with At the Boar's Head, an extraordinary "musical interlude" from Shakespeare, whose melodies are almost exclusively drawn from Playford's dance tunes and from folksong.



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>Holst, Gustav : The Hymn of Jesus, for 2 choruses, female semi-chorus & orchestra, Op. 37, H. 140
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London, England (01/26/1977-01/27/1977)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1917

>Holst, Gustav : First Choral Symphony, Op. 41/H 155
  • Performer: Felicity Palmer (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Kingsway Hall, London, England (03/05/1974-03/09/1974)
  • Running Time: 49 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1923-1924

>Holst, Gustav : The Wandering Scholar, opera, Op. 50, H. 176
  • Performers: Michael Langdon (Bass); Michael Rippon (Bass); Norma Burrowes (Soprano); Robert Tear (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Steuart Bedford
  • Ensemble: English Opera Group Choir
  • Notes: EMI Abbey Road Studios, London, England (07/17/1974-07/19/1974)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1929-1930

>Holst, Gustav : At the Boar's Head, 1-act opera, Op. 42, H. 156
  • Performers: Peter Hall (Tenor); David Johnson (Composer); Felicity Palmer (Soprano); John Tomlinson (Bass); Philip Langridge; Elise Ross (Soprano); Michael George; Richard Suart (Baritone)
  • Conductor: David Atherton
  • Ensemble: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Notes: Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, Lancashire, England (05/12/1981-05/13/1981)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1924