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Holst Choral Symphony from Chandos

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« Reply #15 on: September 17, 2013, 10:41:40 pm »

I, too, got to know the Choral Symphony through Boult's recording on EMI. Holst uses quartal harmonies more than a little in this work, giving the associated patches a somewhat un-goal-oriented harmonic sound. Meditative rather than exciting. Perhaps that has contributed to the work's spotty performance history. On the other hand, the end of the first movement, to name just one place, is pretty darned exciting in my book.

I've long admired David Atherton. And Holst. Andrew Davis less. Yet Davis has certainly been doing yeoman work on behalf of early 20th-century British music. Perhaps one just has to listen for his particular "groove" and ride it with him. What think ye, good sirs, of his York Bowen symphonies?
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