Boult Conducts Holst - Fugal Overture, Scherzo, Beni Mora, Etc

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Adrian Boult brought tremendous authority to any recording he made of 20th century British works, having known the composers and often having conducted the premiere performances. These recordings, made in the early 1970s, demonstrate that age took not a bit of his musical command or energy on the podium. Boult was particularly associated with Gustav Holst (he conducted the public premiere of The Planets). Since this compilation presents some of the crown jewels of Lyrita's history, anyone with any interest in British music of the first third of the 20th century should consider this CD a mandatory acquisition. Beni-Mora is unusually picturesque and passionate; the Fugal Overture's wit and lyricism belies the impression of stodginess its title suggests; and the virtually unknown Japanese Suite charms and invigorates. The 30-year-old sound is still better--cleaner, clearer, and more natural--than most of the stuff major labels are putting out in standard CD sound today.

--Joseph Stevenson,

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: SRCD222

  • UPC: 5020926022226

  • Label: Lyrita

  • Composer: Gustav Holst

  • Conductor: Sir Adrian Boult

  • Orchestra/Ensemble: London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra