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Holst: Choral Works [Import]

Choir of Clare College , Cambridge , Dmitri Ensemble , Graham Ross , Imogen Holst Audio CD
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Graham Ross is Director of Music and Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. Responsible for all practical music-making in the College, he builds on and seeks to enhance the continued excellence of musicianship of Clare’s instrumentalists, composers, conductors, and the internationally-renowned Chapel Choir. He continues to broaden the liturgical repertoire by commissioning new music, and to ... Read more in Amazon's Choir of Clare College, Cambridge Store

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  • Orchestra: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, Dmitri Ensemble
  • Conductor: Graham Ross
  • Composer: Imogen Holst
  • Audio CD (October 9, 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B007X98RFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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British composer Imogen Holst (1907-1984) was the only child of Gustav Holst. She was brought up in London and educated at the St. Paul's Girls' School, where her father was director of music. She studied composition with George Dyson and Gordon Jacob and harmony and counterpoint with Ralph Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music . In the autumn of 1952, Benjamin Britten invited Holst to come to Aldeburgh to help with his opera Gloriana. She stayed in Aldeburgh for the rest of her life, working as Britten's assistant for twelve years and artistic director for the Aldeburgh Festival from 1956 to 1977. Languishing in the shadow of both her father and Benjamin Britten, Holst's own compositions have not received the recognition they deserve. Graham Ross conducts the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and the instrumentalists of The Dmitri Ensemble in these world premiere recordings of a selection of Holst's choral works ranging from 1927 to 1972, three of which have not been heard since their first performance. Also included is the first recording of her imaginative and skillful orchestration of Benjamin Britten's cantata Rejoice in the Lamb, made at Britten's own request.

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5.0 out of 5 stars In Dad's Shadow February 16, 2013
By K. M.
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Poor Imogen Holst spend most of her musical life in her father's shadow although she was a very talented musician in her own right. These works attest to her talent and they are well performed by the good folks at Claire College
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By G.C.
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Imogen Holst (1907-1984), the daughter and only child of Gustav Holst, was noted in her time as a custodian of her father's music, an assistant and amanuensis to Benjamin Britten, and an artistic director of Britten's Aldeburgh Festival. But she was also a composer in her own right, and this CD is the closest recording anywhere to an all-Imogen Holst album. The one exception to that rule is her arrangement of Benjamin Britten's cantata "Rejoice in the Lamb" for chorus and chamber orchestra, from the chorus and organ original. The bulk of the album is devoted to five Imogen Holst works, covering what appears to be the whole of her musical career, as follows:

1. Mass in a (1927)
2. A Hymne to Christ (1940)
3. Three Psalms (1943)
4. Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow (1950)
5. Hallo my fancy, whither wilt thou go? (1972)

The Mass in a, "A Hymne to Christ" and "Hallo my fancy..." are works for chorus alone. "Three Psalms" features instrumental accompaniment along with the chorus, while a harpist joins the chorus in "Welcome Joy....".

All of Imogen Holst's works are well crafted and pleasant to listen to, easy on the ear in standard tonal harmonic idiom. However, IMHO, her works lack the striking melodies that one finds more often in her father's compositions, as well as Britten's. Incidentally, "Hallo my fancy...." was recently given its first performance at The Proms at Cadogan Hall, the first Imogen Holst work ever given at The Proms.

The performers on this album, the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, the Dmitri Ensemble, and the soloists drawn from each ensemble, do an excellent job throughout.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rare works displaying a largely ignored talent. September 21, 2013
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Imogen Holst was a talented and skillful composer, as these performances of choral works demonstrate. They are in a mildly dissonant mid-20th century style, and achieve some nice vocal effects. The performances are predictably excellent.
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