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Double Concerto - St Paul's Suite

Gustav Holst

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Prior to this disc, Howard Griffiths was best known as a conductor of the lesser-known late-Classical/early-Romantic Austro-Germanic symphonists: Ignace Pleyel, Franz Krommer, Paul Wranitzky, and their ilk. On this 2005 Naxos disc he turns in spirited and soulful performances with the English Sinfonia of the music of English modernist Gustav Holst. By programming the well-known St. Paul and Brook Green Suites along with the less-well-known A Song of the Night for violin and orchestra and A Fugal Concerto for flute, oboe, and strings, Griffiths grants the listener familiar only with the composer's extremely well-known Planets Suite a much broader picture of Holst's achievement. The soloists are all consistently marvelous, although violist Andriy Viytovych is particularly impressive in his ardent performance of the late Lyric Movement for viola and chamber orchestra. The English Sinfonia's ensemble performances are powerfully cohesive, amazingly agile, strongly rhythmic, and, when it's called for, wonderfully atmospheric. But best of all, after years spent in the Austro-Germanic wilderness, Griffiths seems wholly sympathetic to Holst's richly intellectual, exquisitely colorful, austerely lyrical, and deeply if reservedly emotional music and his Holst performances are in the same league as Hickox, Hogwood, and perhaps even Boult. Recorded in lush sound at St. Clements Church, Islington, London, by producer Jakob Händel, these performances will gratify anyone who enjoys English modernist music in general and Holst in particular.
© TiVo

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Brook Green Suite (Gustav Holst)

1
I. Prelude
English Sinfonia
00:01:35

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra, MainArtist - Howard Griffiths, Conductor

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

2
II. Air
English Sinfonia
00:02:05

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra, MainArtist - Howard Griffiths, Conductor

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

3
III. Dance
English Sinfonia
00:02:20

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra, MainArtist - Howard Griffiths, Conductor

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

A Song of the Night, Op. 19, No. 1, H. 74 (Gustav Holst)

4
A Song of the Night, Op. 19, No. 1, H. 74
Janice Graham
00:08:15

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra - Howard Griffiths, Conductor - Janice Graham, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

St. Paul's Suite, Op. 29 No. 2 (Gustav Holst)

5
I. Jig
English Sinfonia
00:03:09

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra, MainArtist - Howard Griffiths, Conductor

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

6
II. Ostinato
English Sinfonia
00:01:59

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra, MainArtist - Howard Griffiths, Conductor

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

7
III. Intermezzo
English Sinfonia
00:03:55

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra, MainArtist - Howard Griffiths, Conductor

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

8
IV. Finale, "the Dargason"
English Sinfonia
00:03:20

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra, MainArtist - Howard Griffiths, Conductor

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

Lyric Movement, H. 191 (Gustav Holst)

9
Lyric Movement, H. 191
Andriy Viytovych
00:11:35

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra - Howard Griffiths, Conductor - Andriy Viytovych, Artist, MainArtist

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

A Fugal Concerto, Op. 40, No. 2 (Gustav Holst)

10
I. Moderato
Anna Pyne
00:02:03

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra - Howard Griffiths, Conductor - Anna Pyne, Artist, MainArtist - Philip Harmer, Artist

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

11
II. Adagio
Anna Pyne
00:03:18

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra - Howard Griffiths, Conductor - Anna Pyne, Artist, MainArtist - Philip Harmer, Artist

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

12
III. Allegro
Anna Pyne
00:03:02

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra - Howard Griffiths, Conductor - Anna Pyne, Artist, MainArtist - Philip Harmer, Artist

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

Double Concerto for 2 Violins, Op. 49 (Gustav Holst)

13
I. Scherzo. Allegro
Janice Graham
00:04:40

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra - Howard Griffiths, Conductor - Janice Graham, Artist, MainArtist - Sarah Ewins, Artist

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

14
II. Lament: Andante
Janice Graham
00:04:52

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra - Howard Griffiths, Conductor - Janice Graham, Artist, MainArtist - Sarah Ewins, Artist

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

15
III. Variations on a Ground: Allegro
Janice Graham
00:05:16

Gustav Holst, Composer - English Sinfonia, Orchestra - Howard Griffiths, Conductor - Janice Graham, Artist, MainArtist - Sarah Ewins, Artist

(C) 2007 Naxos (P) 2007 Naxos

Album Description

Prior to this disc, Howard Griffiths was best known as a conductor of the lesser-known late-Classical/early-Romantic Austro-Germanic symphonists: Ignace Pleyel, Franz Krommer, Paul Wranitzky, and their ilk. On this 2005 Naxos disc he turns in spirited and soulful performances with the English Sinfonia of the music of English modernist Gustav Holst. By programming the well-known St. Paul and Brook Green Suites along with the less-well-known A Song of the Night for violin and orchestra and A Fugal Concerto for flute, oboe, and strings, Griffiths grants the listener familiar only with the composer's extremely well-known Planets Suite a much broader picture of Holst's achievement. The soloists are all consistently marvelous, although violist Andriy Viytovych is particularly impressive in his ardent performance of the late Lyric Movement for viola and chamber orchestra. The English Sinfonia's ensemble performances are powerfully cohesive, amazingly agile, strongly rhythmic, and, when it's called for, wonderfully atmospheric. But best of all, after years spent in the Austro-Germanic wilderness, Griffiths seems wholly sympathetic to Holst's richly intellectual, exquisitely colorful, austerely lyrical, and deeply if reservedly emotional music and his Holst performances are in the same league as Hickox, Hogwood, and perhaps even Boult. Recorded in lush sound at St. Clements Church, Islington, London, by producer Jakob Händel, these performances will gratify anyone who enjoys English modernist music in general and Holst in particular.
© TiVo

Details of original recording : 61:33 - DDD - Enregistré en l'église Saint Clément, Islington, Londres en novembre 2005 - Notes en anglais & allemand

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