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Composer: Holst, Gustav (1874-1934)

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ChamMozarts Violinkonzerte - Zuger Sinfonietta

© copyright: Dorothee Falke
Holst, Mozart, Walton
Zuger Sinfonietta; Daniel Dodds

LondonStoneleigh Youth Orchestra

Arnold, Penderecki, Holst
Stoneleigh Training Orchestra; Robert Hodge; London Youth Choir; Ben Goldscheider

Santiago de CompostelaReal Filharmonía de Galicia

Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Williams, Gaspar Grandal, Alcalde, Holst
Real Filharmonía de Galicia; Paul Daniel

Santiago de CompostelaReal Filharmonía de Galicia

Real Filharmonía de Galicia
Williams, Holst
Real Filharmonía de Galicia; Paul Daniel

MontrealPlanets: Génial!

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