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Growing Fame and Hymns to Man

Donald Macleod explores the music Holst wrote on his return from his war posting and how the composer struggled with the pressures of fame.

Donald Macleod explores the life and career of the English composer Gustav Holst (1874-1912). Remembered by many as the man who wrote the Planets suite, Holst was in fact much more than that. He was an intriguing character and the composer of a number of individual, compelling works. In Wednesday's programme, Donald explores the music Holst wrote on his return from his war posting and his struggles with the pressures of fame.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Gustav Holst

    Suite de ballet in E flat major Op.10 - Carnival (Allegro moderato)

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Performer: Royal Northern Sinfonia.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN10725.
  • Gustav Holst

    Ode to death Op.38

    Conductor: Richard Hickox. Performer: City of London Sinfonia. Performer: London Symphony Chorus.
    • CHANDOS.
    • CHAN2416.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Hymn of Jesus Op.37

    Conductor: Sir Mark Elder. Performer: Hallé Choir. Performer: Hallé. Performer: Hallé Youth Choir.
    • Halle.
    • CDHLL7535.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Fugal concerto Op.40`2

    Conductor: Imogen Holst. Performer: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • LYRITA.
    • SRCD223.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Perfect fool - Dance of the spirits of fire (Allegro moderato)

    Conductor: Adrian Boult. Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
    • 4701912.

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