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HOLST The Collector's Edition

Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham on 21st September 1874. He learnt the piano from early age but, suffering from asthma and short sight, he found it hard. At the age of seven his mother died. He began to compose at Cheltenham Grammar School with Berlioz’s treatise on instrumentation as his guide and at seventeen he was conducting local village choirs. The neuritis in his right arm had convinced his father that he would never become a solo pianist so he was allowed a few months in Oxford to learn counterpoint before moving to London to study composition with Stanford.

He entered the Royal College of Music in 1893 but did not win a scholarship until two years later – Stanford found him hardworking rather than brilliant. His compositions tended to be saturated with imitations of Wagner. In 1895 he met Vaughan Williams and for the rest of his life they would play sketches of their latest compositions to each other.

He was invited to conduct the Hammersmith Socialist Choir in William Morris’s house where he met his future wife. He became fascinated by Hindu literature and philosophy to such an extent that he decided to learn Sanskrit – his Rig Veda settings are testament to this interest. He had also studied the trombone at college and it was this which brought him employment, with the Carl Rosa Opera and the Scottish Orchestra, if detracting him from his wish to compose.

Luckily he was appointed a teacher first in Dulwich and then at St. Paul’s in Hammersmith where he would be director of music, a position he held for the rest of his life. With security of income he was able to devote himself more to composition and a string of works by which he is best known, chief of which is The Planets, appeared. Their success made publishers want to revisit his earlier works and he found the extra work of correcting proofs time-consuming. His later works were more intense and the public found them harder to understand and it is only now, with a greater chance to listen to them, that we can fathom their genius.

His final years were blighted by illnesses which started after falling from the rostrum and hitting his head, he suffered from headaches and sleeplessness. In 1927 Cheltenham gave him his own festival and in 1930 he accepted the gold medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society. In 1932 he went to Harvard University to lecture but a severe attack of haemorrhagic gastritis caused him to return home and spent the next eighteen months in and out of clinics and, although In frequent pain, he kept on composing. In May 1934 he had an operation in London died on the 25th.

CD 1

The Planets – Suite, Op. 32/H125 48.33

London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult with Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

The Perfect Fool, Op. 39/H150 10.42

Egdon Heath, Op. 47/H172 (Homage to Hardy) 14.45

London Symphony Orchestra/André Previn

CD 2

A Somerset Rhapsody, Op. 21 No. 2/H87 9.41

Brook Green Suite, H190 6.25

Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Norman del Mar

A Fugal Concerto, Op. 40 No. 2/H152 8.33

Jonathan Snowden, flute - David Theodore, oboe

English Chamber Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin

Beni Mora (Oriental Suite), Op. 29 No. 1/H114 14.09

BBC Symphony Orchestra/Sir Malcolm Sargent

St. Paul’s Suite, Op. 29 No. 2/H118 12.39

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Malcolm Sargent

Hymns from the Rig Veda – 2nd Group, Op. 26 No. 2/H98 13.52

London Symphony Chorus, women’s voices

Ode to Death, Op. 38/H144 (Whitman) 11.14

London Symphony Chorus

London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves

CD 3

Psalm 86, H117 No. 1 8.00

Ian Partridge, tenor - Ralph Downes, organ

A Choral Fantasia, Op. 51/H177 17.14

Dame Janet Baker, mezzo-soprano - Ralph Downes, organ

The Purcell Singers

English Chamber Orchestra/Imogen Holst

First Suite in E flat, Op. 28 No. 1/H105 9.57

Second Suite in F, Op. 28 No. 2/H106 11.36

Central Band of the Royal Air Force/Imogen Holst

A Moorside Suite, H173 13.55

BMC (Oxford) Band/Imogen Holst

Hammersmith, Op. 52/ H178 13.22

Central Band of the Royal Air Force/Wing Commander J.L. Wallace

CD 4

Hymns from the Rig Veda – 4th Group, Op. 26 No. 4/H100

III. Hymn to Manas 3.47

The Homecoming, H120 (Hardy) 6.02

Baccholian Singers of London

A Dirge for Two Veterans, H121 (Whitman) 6.15

Baccholian Singers of London

Philip Jones Brass Ensemble/Ian Humphris

Six Choral Folk-Songs (arr.), H136

Six Choruses, Op. 53/H186 (Medieval Latin, trans. Waddell)

Baccholian Singers of London

English Chamber Orchestra/Ian Humphris

Eight Canons, H187 (Medieval Latin, trans. Waddell)

3. The Fields of Sorrow 1.02

4. David’s Lament for Jonathan 1.20

6. Truth of all Truth 3.56

Baccholian Singers of London

Bring us in good ale. Op. 34 No. 4/H131 (anon) 1.00

The King’s Singers

Vedic Hymns – 1st Group, Op. 24/H90

II. Varuna 3.23

Frederick Harvey, baritone - Gerald Moore, piano

Three Festival Choruses, Op. 36a/H134

II. Turn back O Man (C. Bax) 4.19

Choir of Chichester Cathedral/Richard Seal, organ/John Birch

Lullay my liking. Op. 34 No. 2/H129 (anon) 3.43

Arranged for boys’ voices by Imogen Holst

London Boy Singers/Jonathan Steele

Three Carols/H133

II. Christmas Song: Personent Hodie (Piae Cantiones) 2.40

Bach Choir/Jacques Orchestra/Sir David Willcocks

Hymn: In the bleak mid-winter (English Hymnal, 1906)

(based on poem by Christina Rossetti) 3.57

Rodney Christian Fellowship Festival Choir

Edwin Bates, organ/Rodney Smith Bishton

CD 5

The Hymn of Jesus, Op. 37/H140

(Apocryphal Acts of St. John, trans. Holst) 22.04

Choristers of St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir - London Symphony Chorus

London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves

Short Festival Te Deum, H145 4.38

London Symphony Chorus

London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Charles Groves

Choral Symphony, Op. 41/H155 (Keats) 49.55

Felicity Palmer, soprano - London Philharmonic Choir

London Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult

CD 6

The Wandering Scholar, Op. 50/H176 24.24 Chamber Opera in one act

Louis (a farmer)...............................................…………………….…….....…Michael Rippon, baritone

Alison (his wife..............................................……………………….…….....Norma Burrowes, soprano

Father Philippe...................................................................................……Michael Langdon, bass

Pierre (a wandering scholar)........………………………............................……………Robert Tear, tenor

English Opera Group/English Chamber Orchestra/Steuart Bedford

At the Boar’s Head, Op. 42/H156 51.00 A musical interlude in one act.

Prince Hal…......…………….......................................................….………Philip Langridge, tenor

Falstaff………………………...............................................................……...John Tomlinson, bass

Hostess (Mistress Quickly)................................................................Elise Ross, soprano

Doll Tearsheet....................................................................Felicity Palmer, mezzo-soprano

Pistol.............………….........................................................................David Wilson-Johnson, baritone

Peto................................................................................................Peter Hall, tenor

Bardolph..............................................................................................Richard Suart, baritone

Poins……............................................................................................................Michael George, bass

Men’s voices of the Liverpool Philharmonic Choir

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/David Atherton

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