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Holst Choral Symphony from Chandos

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« on: September 02, 2013, 01:29:25 pm »

Really, who needs this new recording. there are already some good recordings of that symphony around (Hyperion, EMI) !! And this symphony is not a masterwork like "The Planets".  So why wasting money for this, dear Chandos producers Huh Huh

Well...I have the EMI/Boult version of the Choral Symphony and the Hyperion version under Hilary Davan Wetton. Unless the reviews of the new disc are spectacularly good I very much doubt that I shall buy the Chandos. But that is because I do not tend to duplicate recordings of works I already have if the version in my collection satisfies me. I prefer to keep my money and to use it to buy recordings of previously unrecorded music. If I had unlimited funds the situation might be different.

Your point therefore has a certain validity for me. However it has to be said that the EMI version was recorded in 1974 and the Hyperion in 1994 and there is therefore an argument for saying that a new recording is not superfluous to requirements. This is the work Richard Hickox was recording when he died suddenly. In that sense the Chandos recording is a tribute to his memory and Chandos might feel that they owe it to Hickox to complete a project they had started. In any case Andrew Davis may bring fresh insights to the piece. His recordings of Delius for Chandos-which I have not bought Grin-have certainly been very highly praised.
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