Holst: Cotswolds Symphony

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Holst: Cotswolds Symphony


Presto Disc of the Week

16th July 2012



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28th May 2012




65 minutes


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Holst: Cotswolds Symphony


Symphony in F, Op. 8 'The Cotswolds'

Walt Whitman Overture, Op. 7


Japanese Suite, Op. 33

A Winter Idyll



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Gustav Holst’s youthful enthusiasm for Wagner is reflected in his ebullient Walt Whitman overture written in 1899. Shortly afterwards he composed the Cotswolds Symphony which embraces hints of contemporary British folk music but is dominated by the slow movement, a profound elegy for the utopian socialist William Morris. Though completed at college, A Winter Idyll shows real orchestral assurance. Indra is an accomplished tone poem revealing Holst’s interest in the legends of India, whilst the glittering and evocative Japanese Suite was written in response to a request from a Japanese dancer appearing in London.

Interest in Holst’s music continues to grow, and in particular in more outof-the-way material. British music specialists are particularly drawn to him. This disc offers youthful and mid-period Holst.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Gustav Holst: Walt Whitman, Op. 7

Walt Whitman, Op. 7

Gustav Holst: Symphony in F major, Op. 8, "The Cotswolds"

I. Allegro con brio

II. Elegy: Molto adagio (In Memoriam William Morris)

III. Scherzo: Presto - Allegretto

IV. Finale: Allegro moderato

Gustav Holst: A Winter Idyll

A Winter Idyll

Gustav Holst: Japanese Suite, Op. 33

I. Prelude: Song of the Fisherman

II. Ceremonial Dance

III. Dance of the Marionette

IV. Interlude: Song of the Fisherman

V. Dance under the Cherry Tree

VI. Finale: Dance of the Wolves

Gustav Holst: Indra, Op. 13

Indra, Op. 13

The Times

2nd June 2012


“There’s so much British music around this summer, but here’s some you won’t have heard unless you are a Holst anorak...Good performances, despite a few rough string moments.”

BBC Music Magazine

July 2012


“JoAnn Falletta on Naxos conducts from original manuscripts, including for the first time several bars cut by Matthews. Holst fans will want to buy this disc for that reason alone...[Indra] exudes confidence and orchestral mastery. It deserves to be regularly performed.”

The Guardian

5th June 2012


“to judge from these works, all very impressively played by the Ulster Orchestra under its new principal conductor JoAnn Falletta, Holst's style took some years to settle down completely.”

Gramophone Magazine

August 2012

“it is good to hear these works played with such panache”

MusicWeb International

August 2012

“The sound quality of this disc is excellent - as is expected from Naxos. The Ulster Orchestra under their Principal Conductor JoAnn Falletta give an authoritative account of these scores...This CD will appeal strongly to all those people who long for more of the same when it comes to The Planets … or at least music stylistically analogous to that work.”

Presto Classical

Chris O'Reilly

16th July 2012

“Falletta inspires some moments of real fire and excitement. The recorded sound is very good and the balance within the orchestra superb.”

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