Holst: String Chamber Music

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One of NMC's commitments to new music is rescuing signifcant recordings that have been deleted. This award-winning album of first recordings of Imogen Holst's chamber works (originally released on the Court Lane Music label) is an important addition to the NMC catalogue, and a wonderful tribute to a signifant 20th-century British composer. Stylistically, many of the works share a similar soundworld to early Tippett and Finzi, however during the 1930s Imogen heard Berg's Wozzeck in Vienna, which had a profound impact. Her Sonata for Violin and Cello, written during this time, explores a darker, more unsettling dissonance. There is another reason that this release is important to NMC. It is thanks to Imogen (and Colin Matthews) that NMC Recordings was created, back in 1989, with support from the Holst Foundation. Colin Matthews (Composer/NMC Executive Producer) says..." Imogen Holst was a visionary. When together we established the Holst Foundation, not long before her death in 1984, she was clear that she did not want its future role to be to subsidise her father’s music in the way that most other composer trusts function. Instead she hoped that it would be able to support the work of living composers; and this is what the Foundation has done for nearly 30 years. We had talked at length about the possibility of funding recordings, and although it took a while to get NMC off the ground, I have always felt that the label was founded with her blessing, and that she would have approved whole-heartedly of what we have achieved since 1989."

Product Description:

  • Catalog Number: NMCD236

  • UPC: 5023363023627

  • Label: NMC Recordings

  • Composer: Imogen Holst

  • Performer: Daniel Swain, David Worswick, Oliver Coates, Simon Hewitt Jones, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Tom Hankey