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Holst Singers: The Evening Watch

Song NameComposer
Two PsalmsGustav Holst
Psalm 86Gustav Holst
Good FridayGustav Holst
How Mighty are the SabbathsGustav Holst
Drinking SongGustav Holst
The Evening WatchGustav Holst
Say Who Is This?Gustav Holst
Angel Spirits of SleepGustav Holst
Sorrow and JoyGustav Holst
Assemble, All Ye MaidensGustav Holst

This is a welcome reissue of a fine release, including several gems, performed with spirit and more than mere competence by the Holst Singers and Orchestra under Hilary Davan Wetton. The program starts out with the Two Psalms from 1912, scored for choir, string orchestra and organ, fine but not particularly memorable works. The Six Choruses for male voices and string orchestra op. 53 belong to a different league, but these complex pieces aren't exactly easy listening. The Seven Part Songs op. 44 are very fine works as well - they belong to the period of Egdon Heath and more or less to the same style; and they do indeed exhibit many of the same qualities; they really display Holst's ear for sonorities and delicate but interesting textures. At first listening they might come across as a little austere, but closer attention is rewarded by almost shimmering, subtle beauty. The Evening Watch op. 43 also belongs to the same group, but is in the end a less memorable work. The Nunc Dimittis is lovely.

Item code: 6165C | 1 CD | $11.95 |add item to cart
Choral | A Cappella | Mixed | England
034571151700 | CDH 55170

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