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Holst Choral Symphony from Chandos

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« on: September 13, 2013, 01:01:08 pm »

Well, if this mornings broadcast is any guide, I'm afraid it looks like it's going to be another rather undercooked performance from Andrew Davis. (Like his recent "Planets". Perhaps he just doesn't get Holst? Odd, because his Proms performance this year of The Midsummer Marriage showed he can do energy and vitality) Better than the Hyperion recording, but not much: slightly soggy plodding rhythms, with none of the crispness or punch of Boult's original recording. (EG the climactic shout of "Bacchus" at the end of 1 goes for nothing, while the scherzo lacks Boult's wild-eyed frenzied quality. Surprising that Boult, of all people, could unbutton to release real fire.) The soprano sings prettily, but with, it seemed to me, not much sense of connection with the text. I think Davis is a fine Delius conductor, but temperementally he just lacks that dramatic "killer-instinct" this music requires? (And the Choral symphony does need a bit of help here and there.)

But perhaps real cd-sound would make the difference?
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