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Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934)

Part Five

Friday 8 October 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Friday 15 October 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)

In 1931, Holst travelled to the USA to lecture in composition at Harvard University, whilst there he became ill and his health, which had never been good was in steady decline from that time on. However he continued to compose with new found facility. His last works were the remarkably beautiful Lyric Movement for viola and orchestra, and the Scherzo for a symphony, whose other movements never advanced beyond fragmentary sketches.


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Playlist - Composer of the Week - Holst

Prelude from Brook Green Suite for string orchestra 
City of London Sinfonia/Richard Hickox
Chandos CHAN 9270, track 7

A Choral Fantasia
Lyn Dawson (soprano)
John Birch (organ)
Guildford Choral Society and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Hilary Davan Wetton
Hyperion CDA66660 Tracks 1-5

The Wandering Scholar, op.50 (excerpt)
Louis (a farmer) – Michael Rippon (bass)
Alison (his wife) – Norma Burrowes (sop)
Father Philippe – Michael Langdon (bass)
Pierre (a wandering scholar) – Robert Tear (ten)
English Opera Group/English Chamber Orchestra/Steuart Bedford
EMI 7243 5 65127 2

‘Before Sleep’  & ‘How Mighty are the Sabbaths’Opus53 no 6 and no.3 from Six Choruses
BBC Singers/Justin Doyle
BBC recording – not commercially available

Lyric Movement for Viola and small Orchestra 
Cecil Aronowitz (vla)/English Chamber Orch/Imogen Holst
Lyrita SRCD.223, track 11

Scherzo (from unfinished Symphony) 
Munich SO/Douglas Bostock
Classico CLASSCD 284, track 14

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