Holst: Vocal Works (CD)

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Artist:
The Purcell Singers, Imogen Holst

First release on CD (except The Hymn of Jesus)

An inspired arrangement between Decca and Imogen Holst, led to a series of pioneering recordings of her father Gustave Holst’s music, which appeared on Argo and are now comprehensively released on CD as part of the Eloquence series.

This collection opens with the Pears/Britten recording of a substantial English song cycle never before published on CD, the twelve Humbert Wolfe settings, beautifully sung and mercurially played. Wolfe, largely forgotten today, ‘was a civil servant, essentially a Londoner, and a miniaturist with an individual brand of whimsy and, at his best, a real feeling for words’ (Gramophone).

Imogen Holst’s original notes for the LPs – ‘acutely perceptive, objective and candid’ noted Gramophone’s reviewer Lionel Salter – are here reprinted as are the full texts. Much of the music was practically unknown at the time of this recording (beautifully captured by legendary Decca engineer Kenneth Wilkinson in London’s Kingsway Hall) and well overdue for publication. The collection is rounded off by Boult’s celebrated 1961 recording of The Hymn of Jesus.

Recording producers: David Harvey (Humbert Wolfe Songs, Ave Maria, Three Welsh Folk Songs, The Song of the Blacksmith, Two Part-Songs, Two Carols); Christopher Raeburn (The Hymn of Jesus)

Recording engineers: Kenneth Wilkinson (Humbert Wolfe Songs, Ave Maria, Three Welsh Folk Songs, The Song of the Blacksmith, Two Part-songs, Two Carols); Alan Reeve (The Hymn of Jesus)

Recording location: Kingsway Hall, London, United Kingdom, March 1962 (The Hymn of Jesus), December 1965 (Humbert Wolfe Songs, Ave Maria, Three Welsh Folk Songs, The Song of the Blacksmith, Two Part-songs, Two Carols)

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Tracklisting:

Holst:

12 Humbert Wolfe settings, Op. 48

Sir Peter Pears (tenor) & Benjamin Britten (piano)

Ave Maria, H49, Op. 9b

The Purcell Singers, Imogen Holst

Three Folk Songs

The Purcell Singers, Imogen Holst

The Song of the Blacksmith. Hampshire Folk-song

The Purcell Singers, Imogen Holst

Pastoral, H92

The Purcell Singers, Imogen Holst

The Swallow leaves her nest, H119

The Purcell Singers, Imogen Holst

Of one that is so fair and bright, H130, Op. 34 No. 3

The Purcell Singers, Imogen Holst

Bring us in good ale

The Purcell Singers, Imogen Holst

The Hymn of Jesus, H140

BBC Chorus & BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult

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