This 1994 Holst collection is another recording with the London Symphony Orchestra under its then Associate Guest Conductor, Richard Hickox.
Re-issued at ‘classic Chandos’ price, it is a must-have for any fan of or newcomer to Holst, offering both familiar and unfamiliar works. Gramophone complimenting Hickox’s ‘sweetly expressive, songful manner’ and adding that ‘Hickox and the LSO make a spirited showing... the Chandos engineering is typically sumptuous throughout.’
Richard Hickox returned to Holst in 2007, embarking on a new series, with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. He was recording what would have been the second volume of this survey when he was suddenly taken ill. Though that disc now will never be finished, the first instalment was released in January 2009 on SACD (CHSA5069) and seen as a recording triumph, presenting neglected works advocated by a legendary conductor.