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Holst Choral Symphony from Chandos

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« on: September 13, 2013, 03:41:23 pm »

Well, since you raise the topic, I was at the Festival Hall for Boult's performance of Holsts Choral Symphony some time in the 70's, and there was never any question of his "star quality" from the moment he came on stage - brisk, ramrod stiff, I think everyone unconsciously sat up slightly straighter; but his was the charisma of a strict, wise but benign headmaster rather than a podium show off...And then at the Proms (?) a few years later, when he was very elderly...the moment he raised his stick to conduct Job one was aware of a tremendous sense of sheer authority and integrity which never wavered until the end of the performance...
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