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Composer: Holst, Gustav (1874-1934)

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Year of birth1874
Year of death1934
NationalityUnited Kingdom
PeriodRomantic
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MontrealPlanets: Génial!

Holst: The Planets, Op.32
Orchestre Métropolitain; Nicolas Ellis; Unknown

OutremontPlanets: Génial!

Holst: The Planets, Op.32
Orchestre Métropolitain; Nicolas Ellis; Unknown

DublinVivaldi's Four Seasons by Candlelight

Vivaldi's Four Seasons by Candlelight
Mendelssohn, Holst, Arensky, Telemann, Vivaldi
London Concertante

DortmundBernstein, Vaughan Williams and Holst

Bernstein, Vaughan Williams, Holst
Dortmund Philharmonic Orchestra; Marc Piollet; Thomas Kerstner

LondonSea Change

© Sheila Burnett
Skempton, de Wert, Grieg, Brahms, Bennett, Parry, Mäntyjärvi, Campion, Jackson, Coleridge-Taylor, Vaughan Williams, Holst
Andrew Griffiths; Londinium
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Double dealings with Death at RCS

David Lynn (Harlequin), Colin Murray (Emperor) and Joanna Harries (Drummer) © RCS | Robert McFadzean
The gamble of Dealing with Death pays off for Holst’s Sāvitri but is less certain for Ullmann’s Emperor of Atlantis.  Opera students at RCS capture the mix of satire, surrealism and anarchy perfectly
****1
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Kindred spirits: Holst and Vaughan Williams

John Wilson © Sim Canetty-Clarke
The Planets and Sinfonia antartica could be the Cav and Pag of British music.
****1
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Dazzling and searching in English greats

John Wilson and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Mark Allan
A striking performance of The Planets had people humming their favourite bits on their way out of the hall, but the real winner was Vaughan Williams’ neglected valedictory symphony.
***11
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Prom 13: a warm, if fatiguing, tribute to Sir Malcolm Sargent

Sir Andrew Davis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra © BBC | Chris Christodoulou
Sir Andrew Davis led the BBC SO in a recreation of Sir Malcolm Sargent's 500th Prom, a lengthy programme that failed to inspire.
***11
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Keeping modern music alive at Prague Spring

Dennis Russell Davies © Prague Spring | Petra Hajská
With expert assistance from Dennis Russell Davies, the overlooked Brno Philharmonic makes the most of a contemporary cantata.
****1
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