Walt Whitman Overture / Suite de Ballet / Suite in E flat / A Hampshire Suite / A Moorside Suite

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Walt Whitman Overture / Suite de Ballet / Suite in E flat / A Hampshire Suite / A Moorside Suite
London Philharmonic Orchestra / Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor)

[ Lyrita / CD ]

Release Date: Sunday 1 April 2007

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"A very welcome Holst release particularly given that this disc steers clear of the better-known and focuses the more obscure"
(MusicWeb Jan 2008)

"Nicholas Braithwaite's effervescent 1980 account of the winsome Suite de ballet sounded stunning on black disc and continues to do so on silver (Decca's peerless Kenneth Wilkinson was the balance engineer; the sumptuous acoustic is that of Kingsway Hall). All else is new to the catalogue. The three suites were set down in Watford Town Hall during summer 1993, while the Walt Whitman Overture was taped in the same venue in January 1988. The mind boggles at how performances and recordings of such superior quality can have remained mothballed for so long.
Holst composed the Overture and Suite de ballet during 1899 while on tour as repetiteur and trombonist with the Carl Rosa Opera Company. In neither will you glimpse any vestige of the mature composer (the overture doffs its hat to Brahms) but both parade a host of felicities and are given with palpable dedication here. Gordon Jacob made these skilful and sympathetic orchestrations of Holst's two military-band suites in 1940 and 1945 (with No 2 renamed the Hampshire Suite - the majority of the folksongs it quotes hail from that county). Under Boult, No 1's March bowls along with the greater unbuttoned panache, but there's not much in it.

Commissioned as a test piece for the 1928 National Brass Band Festival, A Moorside Suite has long been a personal favourite (don't deprive yourself of hearing the Grimethorpe Colliery Band's unforgettable 1977 Decca recording, 3/86 - nla). Jacob's affectionate reworking followed in 1952, and Braithwaite and the LPO relish its many deft touches. (On two copies I've tried there's a tiny electronic-sounding blip at 3'04" in the haunting central Nocturne.) Attractively presented (the lucid and detailed booklet-essay is, curiously, uncredited), this release makes consistently enjoyable listening."
(Gramophone)

"A very welcome Holst release particularly given that this disc steers clear of the better-known and focuses the more obscure"
(MusicWeb Jan 2008)

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Tracks:

Walt Whitman Overture Op.7 (1899)
Suite de Ballet in E flat Op.10 (1899)
Suite in E flat Op.28 No.1 (1909) (orch. Gordon Jacob)
A Hampshire Suite Op.28 No.2 (1911) (orch. Gordon Jacob)
A Moorside Suite (1928) (orch. Gordon Jacob)