Friday, October 12, 2012

New From Harmonia Mundi October 2012

WORLD PREMIERÈ RECORDINGS
Mass in A minor, A Hymne to Christ, Three Psalms, Welcome Joy and Welcome Sorrow, Hallo my fancy, whither wilt thou go? 
CHOIR OF CLARE COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE
GRAHAM ROSS


Imogen Holst (1907-1984), the daughter of Gustav Holst, has long deserved recognition for her significant body of compositions, written throughout her life. After working as Benjamin Britten's amanuensis (1952-1964), she returned to her own composing. Graham Ross conducts the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge and instrumentalists of The Dmitri Ensemble in these world première recordings of a selection of Holst's choral works ranging from 1927 to 1972, three of which have not been heard since their first performance, together with the first recording of her imaginative and skillful orchestration of Benjamin Britten's Festival Cantata "Rejoice in the Lamb", made at Britten's own request. This is the first release as part of harmonia mundi's new collaboration with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge under it's new Music Director, Graham Ross and has already received France's Choix de France Musique.

harmonia mundi HMU 907576

  
4 STARS 
 "These performances are poised, immaculate..."
 - BBC MUSIC

"Imogen Holst was a unique and much loved figure in English musical life..this disc
shows the high craftsmanship by which she set store, but also a voice of her own, 
honest, unpretentious, fresh, a touch eccentric... [the works] all
receive admirably committed performances..."

- INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW


 AVAILABLE OCTOBER 9