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Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Gustav Holst: The Planets; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (2019)

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Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Gustav Holst: The Planets; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (2019)

Andrew Litton, Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra - Gustav Holst: The Planets; Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 339 Mb | Total time: 82:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: BIS | # BIS-2068 SACD | Recorded: 2013, 2017

It is striking that two of the true classics in English orchestral music were composed within the short space of some fifteen years around the turn of the previous century. Edward Elgar's Enigma Variations have charmed as well as fascinated listeners since the first performance in 1899. In 14 remarkably diverse variations Elgar demonstrates his compositional mastery while creating miniature portraits of his closest friends, as well as of his wife and himself. By turns gentle, idyllic, tempestuous and boisterous, the pieces – which often run seamlessly into each other – nevertheless make up a coherent whole, like a group portrait taken during a country weekend.

Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Rieder, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - It's Christmas! (2020)

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Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Rieder, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - It's Christmas! (2020)

Jonas Kaufmann, Jochen Rieder, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg - It's Christmas! (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 588 Mb | Total time: 120:02 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Sony Classical | 19439786762 | Recorded: 2019, 2020

In a Christmas album that is a gift itself, Jonas Kaufmann the most acclaimed operatic tenor of the age echoes his own holiday memories and joys with It s Christmas!, celebrating the most festive time of the year with a unique selection of beloved songs and carols. This uniquely rich and diverse holiday album features 40 favorites that reflect the many facets of Christmas, from ancient Christian hymns to contemporary pop classics.

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

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100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)

100 Christmas Masterworks [5CDs] (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.40 Gb | Total time: 05:28:14 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | 483 6001 | Recorded: 1961-2017

This imaginatively-curated, generously-filled Christmas package is sure to find favor during this and future holiday seasons. Why? Because it packs in every conceivable carol, tune, choral work or song in timeless performances from the greatest artists in the world: singers of immense communicative gifts including Cecilia Bartoli, Bryn Terfel, Renee Fleming and Luciano Pavarotti to name but four. It truly offers something of every Christmas mind, spirit, and looks fantastic.

Holst, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Walter Susskind ‎- The Planets (1975) [MFSL UDSACD 4005] Re-up

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Holst, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Walter Susskind ‎- The Planets (1975) [MFSL UDSACD 4005] Re-up

Holst, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Walter Susskind ‎- The Planets (1975)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
2004 | Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, UDSACD 4005 | ~ 226 or 133 Mb | Scans Included
Classical

The Planets, composed between 1914 and 1916, is a suite of seven movements. Holst's starting point for the music was the astrological character of each planet, though his interest in astrology went no deeper than its musical suggestiveness…

Tasmin Little, BBC PO, Sir Andrew Davis - The Lark Ascending: Works by Moeran, Delius, Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams (2013)

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Tasmin Little, BBC PO, Sir Andrew Davis - The Lark Ascending: Works by Moeran, Delius, Holst, Elgar, Vaughan Williams (2013)

The Lark Ascending: E.J. Moeran - Violin Concerto (2013)
and works by Frederick Delius, Gustav Holst, Sir Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams
Tasmin Little (violin); BBC Philharmonic; Sir Andrew Davis, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 306 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 176 Mb | Artwork included
Genre: Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 10796 | Time: 01:15:44

Tasmin Little's 2013 release on Chandos is an exploration of lush and lyrical music for violin and orchestra, composed by the leading British composers of the early 20th century, and it is an album of remarkable depth and beauty. Opening the program is the Concerto for violin & orchestra by E.J. Moeran, which sets the mood for the disc with its long-breathed, melancholy lines and pastoral atmosphere. While this is a technically challenging work that shows Little to her best advantage as a virtuoso, listeners may come away from the piece recalling its sweet ambience more than its flashiness. The same could also be said for Frederick Delius' Légende, Gustav Holst's A Song of the Night, and Ralph Vaughan Williams' The Lark Ascending, all three of which provide tests for the violinist's skills, yet are filled with such gorgeous music that listeners may only remember the general opulence of the scores. Also included are premiere recordings of Roger Turner's arrangements of Edward Elgar's Chanson de matin, Chanson de nuit, and Salut d'amour, which in orchestration, mood, and style fit the rest of the album nicely.

Douglas Bostock - The British Symphonic Collection [10CDs] (2012)

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Douglas Bostock - The British Symphonic Collection [10CDs] (2012)

Douglas Bostock - The British Symphonic Collection [10CDs] (2012)
XLD | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 2.87 Gb | Total time: 07:16:43 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Classico | # 233316 | Recorded: 1998-2005

This 10-CD box set of British orchestral music brings together a mouth-watering selection from the enterprising series of discs that the English conductor Douglas Bostock has made with various orchestras for the Classico label.
Important British composers are certainly featured - there are CDs devoted to Elgar, Holst, Vaughan Williams, Bax and Arnold - but this imaginative collection also includes many surprises, just waiting to be discovered, such as symphonies by Frederic Cowen and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Alan Bush and Ruth Gipps, concertos for orchestra by Edward Gregson, Alun Hoddinott and John McCabe, plus a host of smaller works. The recordings here, many world premieres, date from 1998 to 2005.

Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Gustav Holst: The Planets (1985)

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Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Gustav Holst: The Planets (1985)

Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra - Gustav Holst: The Planets (1985)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 219 Mb | Total time: 49:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Philips | PHCP-24074 | Recorded: 1979

Ozawa's interpretation of The Planets is assuredly not in the Boult tradition, but brings a fresh approach to Holst's sole excursion into extravagance. Tempos are not those to which we are accustomed: ''Mars'' brings war at record speed and ''Mercury'' is more leisurely winged messenger than usual. Both ''Venus'' and ''Jupiter'' are presented more conventionally and are finely played by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Ozawa misses some of the tenor of ''Saturn'', seeming to treat it more as an exercise in sonorities, but is exhilarating in ''Uranus'', where the timpanist has a field day.

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 2 (2011)

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Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 2 (2011)

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 2 (2011)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 78:24 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 5086 | Recorded: 2010

That The Planets occupies a place at the heart of the English musical repertoire is indisputable, yet much of Holst’s orchestral output is unjustly neglected. Chandos’ series demonstrates that Holst was a composer whose inventiveness and originality was not limited to one work. The series was originally to be conducted by Richard Hickox who sadly passed away in 2009 after completing Volume 1, released to great critical acclaim. Gramophone stated that ‘Richard Hickox’s final project, reviving little-known Holst works, is a triumph’. In this second volume, exclusive Chandos artist Sir Andrew Davis has taken the baton, conducting the BBC Philharmonic in a unique programme: The Planets, Holst’s orchestral tour de force, as well as two comparative rarities in the concert hall, the Japanese Suite and Beni Mora.

Richard Hickox, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 1 (2009)

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Richard Hickox, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 1 (2009)

Richard Hickox, BBC National Orchestra of Wales - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 1 (2009)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 259 Mb | Total time: 67:42 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 5069 | Recorded: 2008

Richard Hickox was a fine Holst conductor, and it was typical of his championship of English music and of his enthusiastically exploring mind that he should have left as one of his last records this collection of such-little known works… This is a fascinating record…

John Eliot Gardiner, Philharmonia Orchestra - Holst: The Planets; Grainger: The Warriors (1995)

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John Eliot Gardiner, Philharmonia Orchestra - Holst: The Planets; Grainger: The Warriors (1995)

John Eliot Gardiner, Philharmonia Orchestra - Holst: The Planets; Grainger: The Warriors (1995)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 291 Mb | Total time: 68:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon | # 445 860-2 | Recorded: 1994

The idea of John Eliot Gardiner not only doing Holst's The Planets, but doing it so effectively, shouldn't have come as a surprise, considering his broad musical culture and the success he has always had with large-scale works. His interpretation is quite reminiscent of Sir Adrian Boult's mid-'60s account with the same orchestra (then called the New Philharmonia)–tasteful yet full of character, impeccably played, energetic, fresh. On top of that, the recording is breathtaking. There is extraordinary inner detail, with string tone that is natural (as is the timbre of winds and high percussion) and an astonishing amount of weight in the bass. The coupling, Percy Grainger's The Warriors, is a wonderfully erudite touch–just what we should expect from Gardiner–and a romp for him and the orchestra.

Steven Isserlis, Paavo Jarvi, Philharmonia Orchestra - Elgar & Walton: Cello Concertos (2016)

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Steven Isserlis, Paavo Jarvi, Philharmonia Orchestra - Elgar & Walton: Cello Concertos (2016)

Steven Isserlis, Paavo Järvi, Philharmonia Orchestra - Elgar & Walton: Cello Concertos (2016)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 279 Mb | Total time: 73:01 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Hyperion| # CDA68077 | Recorded: 2014, 2015

For this 2016 Hyperion release, cellist Steven Isserlis and the Philharmonia Orchestra under Paavo Järvi present a moving album of cello concertos by Edward Elgar and William Walton, along with Gustav Holst's Invocation and Imogen Holst's The Fall of the Leaf, a five-movement suite for solo cello. The program creates a profoundly pensive and even autumnal feeling, and Isserlis' tone is by turns reflective, lyrical, and poignantly elegiac, appropriate to the selections. The melancholy nostalgia of Elgar's Cello Concerto in E minor colors the album's mood from the outset, and notwithstanding passages of intense virtuosity, the rich but subdued sonorities of his burnished orchestration contribute to its brooding quality.

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 4 (2018)

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Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 4 (2018)

Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic - Gustav Holst: Orchestral Works, Volume 4 (2018)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 326 Mb | Total time: 77:02 | Digital booklet
Classical | Label: Chandos | # CHAN 5192 | Recorded: 2018

Five years after the highly-praised release of Volume 3, Sir Andrew Davis returns to his exploration of Holst’s orchestral works with the brilliant BBC Philharmonic, a series initiated almost ten years ago by the late Richard Hickox, then taken over by another expert in British repertoire. This selection of orchestral works by Holst provides a remarkable overview of his career, ranging from such early works as A Winder Idyll – composed in 1897 when he was still studying at the Royal College of Music – to the Scherzo of a symphony on which he was working towards the end of his life. None of the music recorded here was published in his lifetime, and the Scherzo – rarely heard though it is – is the only work to have entered the repertoire. ‘A Moorside Suite’, originally written for brass band, is featured here in the composer's rarely heard arrangement for strings.