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Classical - Released September 2, 2013 | Halle Concerts Society

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Here's a program that would have been commonplace 90 years ago but now is a bit of a novelty anywhere but Britain. It can be safely recommended, for the Hallé Orchestra (and Choir) under Mark Elder are absolutely in their element in this British repertoire of the early 20th century. Gustav Holst's The Hymn of Jesus, Op. 37, remains a bit of a novelty: a setting of an apocryphal account of the prelude to Christ's crucifixion in which he dances with his disciples. Holst apparently translated the text from ancient Greek himself, and in this curiously British version of ecstatic Christianity the Hallé Choir and Hallé Youth Choir acquit themselves very well, offering impressive smooth waves of sound. Even more of a novelty is Delius' Cynara, a setting of an undeniably sleazy poem by Ernest Dowson (the subject is a man telling his ex about visiting a prostitute) that's little known nowadays but that bequeathed both the phrases "gone with the wind" and "days of wine and roses" to everyday English. Delius isn't the first composer you would think of for its lush lines, and in a way he works at cross purposes to them. But the result has the flavor of a meeting between two major creative figures. Baritone Roderick Williams declaims the text beautifully, and the better-known Sea Drift, a setting of a section of a poem by Walt Whitman, is vintage Delius and entirely idiomatically performed. Williams is wonderfully clear and involved in both the Delius pieces. A fine piece of British vocal-orchestral work. © TiVo
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Classical - Released July 25, 2011 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released January 1, 1994 | Nimbus Records

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Classical - Released July 31, 2013 | Classical Masters

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Classical - Released October 9, 2007 | Musical Concepts

If this were to be the only recording of The Planets you ever heard, it would be enough. Vernon Handley's clear, firm leadership combined with the Royal Philharmonic's colorful, virtuosic musicianship results in a wonderfully evocative and powerful rendition of Holst's well-worn score. Producer Alan Peters' 1993 digital sound is big, wide, and very loud. The additions of Barry Wordsworth and the Royal Philharmonic's lively and warmhearted 1993 and 1994 recordings of Holst's St. Paul's Suite and Brook Green Suites give The Planets attractive couplings and the disc ample playing time. Indeed, while acquaintance with this disc might send you looking for either more recordings of The Planets, more recordings of Holst, or both, it's unlikely you'll meet many finer performances. Some might understandably prefer the authority of Adrian Boult's recordings since he gave the work its premiere and continued to champion it through his long career, but since Handley was Boult's protégée, the line of musical succession is clear, and Handley's more energetic interpretation may plausibly cast the deciding vote in his favor. © TiVo
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Classical - Released September 30, 2013 | Coro

It has been interesting to observe the development of Boston's time-honored Handel and Haydn Society since its engagement of Britain's Harry Christophers as conductor. Christophers has certainly broadened his reach beyond the Renaissance music and British 20th century fare that have been his stock-in-trade with the British choir the Sixteen, but it's also true that the Handel and Haydn Society has been pulled in a British direction. Those expecting a selection of American Christmas favorites will get a few of them, including "O little town of Bethlehem" and "Angels we have heard on high." But you also get standard British carols by likes of Bob Chilcott, John Rutter, and Herbert Howells that are beautifully done but only glancingly American. The rest is an eclectic mix that includes Ives, Hieronymus Praetorius, and the ubiquitous Carol of the Bells. The varied quality may be very much to your liking, for indeed that is what defines American musical culture in the end, and if that's what you're looking for, proceed with confidence. You'll be hearing sound that's exceptional even by the high standards of Christophers' catalog, recorded at the studios of Boston classical radio station WGBH. If you're looking for familiar Christmas carols to sing along with, however, keep looking. © TiVo
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Classical - Released October 3, 2016 | Int - Bertus

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Classical - Released May 26, 2015 | Heritage Records

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Classical - Released January 20, 2017 | Only Between Us Records

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Classical - Released August 7, 2013 | Unchained Melodíe Records

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Lounge - Released December 2, 2016 | Classical Number One Records

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Pop - Released June 9, 2017 | Only Between Us Records

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Classical - Released February 17, 2014 | Past Classics

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Film Soundtracks - Released April 21, 2014 | Cherry Red Records

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Classical - Released August 21, 2012 | Cobra Entertainment LLC.

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Classical - Released March 1, 2011 | Unchained Melodíe

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Classical - Released June 18, 2013 | Global Journey

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Classical - Released February 26, 2014 | Donation Music

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Classical - Released March 1, 2011 | Unchained Melodíe