Holst: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

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1 The Perfect Fool, Op. 39: Andante 0:49 $2.49 Buy
2 The Perfect Fool, Op. 39: Dance of Spirits of Earth: Moderato - Andante 3:19 $2.49 Buy
3 The Perfect Fool, Op. 39: Dance of Spirits of Water: Allegro 2:28 $2.49 Buy
4 The Perfect Fool, Op. 39: Dance of Spirits of Fire: Allegro moderato - Andante 3:15 $2.49 Buy
5 The Golden Goose, Op. 45, No. 1: Sound of drum and trumpets play 3:24 $2.49 Buy
6 The Golden Goose, Op. 45, No. 1: The Mummers' Play 3:59 $2.49 Buy
7 The Golden Goose, Op. 45, No. 1: The Human Organ 1:36 $2.49 Buy
8 The Golden Goose, Op. 45, No. 1: Jack creeps up, unseen by court 2:38 $2.49 Buy
9 The Golden Goose, Op. 45, No. 1: Dance of the three girls 2:52 $2.49 Buy
10 The Golden Goose, Op. 45, No. 1: The Goose Dance 2:44 $2.49 Buy
11 The Golden Goose, Op. 45, No. 1: Jack and Princess embrace 4:13 $2.49 Buy
12 The Lure 8:45 $2.49 Buy
13 The Morning of the Year, Op. 45, No. 2: "I am that which men did make" 3:36 $2.49 Buy
14 The Morning of the Year, Op. 45, No. 2: Dance of Headman and Hobby-horse 2:26 $2.49 Buy
15 The Morning of the Year, Op. 45, No. 2: Dance of Youths 2:53 $2.49 Buy
16 The Morning of the Year, Op. 45, No. 2: Dance of Maidens 2:11 $2.49 Buy
17 The Morning of the Year, Op. 45, No. 2: Mating Dance 3:56 $2.49 Buy
18 The Morning of the Year, Op. 45, No. 2: Dance of the Youngest Couple 2:32 $2.49 Buy

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Richard Hickox, one of the foremost exponents of British music, embarks on his survey of orchestral works by Holst with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.

The Planets is at the heart of the English repertoire, yet much of Holst’s orchestral output is unjustly neglected. This series will demonstrate that Holst was a composer of great inventiveness.

Volume 1 offers three rarely recorded works, the ballets The Lure (its first time to CD), The Golden Goose and The Morning of the Year, alongside the more familiar Ballet from the one-act opera The Perfect Fool, long recognised as one of Holst’s most successful small-scale works.

The Golden Goose and The Morning of the Year are known as ‘choral ballets’. The Golden Goose was composed for Morley College, where Holst had been Director of Music since 1907, and was intended for amateurs. The ballet is based on the Grimms’ fairy tale of the Princess who had never been able to laugh. The Morning of the Year was the first work to be commissioned by the BBC Music Department, and so is an altogether more serious affair and dedicated to the English Folk Dance Society. This is one of Holst’s most impressive fusions of folk music with his own style, and has no need of the stage to make its full impact.


The Lure shares some of the same origins with the Perfect Fool ballet. The music was written in 1918 as incidental music for a play called The Sneezing Charm by Clifford Bax but at the time it was performed neither as a ballet nor as an orchestral piece. Frustrated by the lack of performance, Holst eventually withdrew the work from his list of compositions. Based on a Northumbrian folk tune, it is lively and powerful, and typical of the composer.

Holst had no desire to be predictable and if he has sometimes seemed to be eclipsed by his more gifted contemporaries he remains one of the most original and innovative musicians of the past century. This recorded survey is sure to shine new light on his neglected works and introduce a new audience to his orchestral music.

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"Yet another reminder of how much we'll miss Richard Hickox's advocacy of the great Edwardians¦ Hickox makes a much better case for them with more spacious and lively conducting, fine playing and a more focussed and animated chorus." - BBC Music Magazine