℗ 2009 Chandos
 

Holst: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1: Ballet from 'The Perfect Fool' - The Lure - The Golden Goose - The Morning of the Year

Joyful Company of Singers, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox

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The Ballet from ‘The Perfect Fool’, Op. 39  
1.1
Andante —
Gustav Holst; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
1:00
1.2
Dance of Spirits of Earth. Moderato - Andante —
Gustav Holst; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
3:48
1.3
Dance of Spirits of Water. Allegro —
Gustav Holst; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
3:02
1.4
Dance of Spirits of Fire. Allegro moderato - Andante —
Gustav Holst; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
3:41
The Golden Goose, Op. 45, No. 1  
1.5
"Sound of drum and trumpets play"
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
3:50
1.6
The Mummers' Play
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
4:35
1.7
The Human Organ
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
1:53
1.8
Jack creeps up, unseen by court
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
3:07
1.9
Dance of the three girls
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
3:24
1.10
The Goose Dance
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
2:57
1.11
Jack and Princess embrace
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
4:58
1.12
The Lure. Adagio – Allegro moderato – Allegretto – Poco meno mosso – Andante – Allegro moderato
Gustav Holst; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
10:15
The Morning of the Year, Op. 45, No. 2  
1.13
"I am that which men did make"
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
4:28
1.14
Dance of Headman and Hobby-horse
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
3:00
1.15
Dance of Youths
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
3:22
1.16
Dance of Maidens
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
2:37
1.17
Mating Dance
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
4:28
1.18
Dance of the Youngest Couple
Gustav Holst; Joyful Company of Singers; BBC National Orchestra of Wales; Richard Hickox
3:03
Digital Booklet
Total Playing Time    67:28
"This utterly splendid disc makes (Hickox's) passing all the more lamentable. It is in fact the finest Holst disc in years ... a deeply pleasing and vivacious recording ... delivers a palette of detailing stimulatingly placed across the aural span." - MusicWeb International Richard Hickox and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales intended to team up to record the complete orchestral works of Holst. Their plans, sadly, were cut short by the sudden death of Hickox in 2008, but not before this first volume was released mere months after he died. The programme offers three rarely recorded works, the ballets The Lure, The Golden Goose and The Morning of the Year, alongside the more familiar Ballet from the one act opera The Perfect Fool, long recognized as one of Holst’s most successful small scale works.
48 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Chandos Studio Masters

Recording venue: Brangwyn Hall, Swansea; 1 & 2 July 2008 Recording producer: Brian Couzens Sound engineer: Ralph Couzens Assistant engineer: Jonathan Cooper Editor: Rachel Smith A& R administrator: Mary McCarthy Front cover: Artwork by designer Back cover: Photograph of Richard Hickox by Greg Barrett Design and typesetting: Cassidy Rayne Creative Booklet editor: Elizabeth Long

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