Wetton, Dawson - Holst: Choral Symphony, Choral Fantasia (1993)
EAC Rip | Flac (Image + cue + log) | 1 CD | Full Scans | 264 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Hyperion | Catalog Number: 55104
Ever been curious to hear a musical setting of Keats's "Ode on a Grecian Urn"? Well here's your chance. It's the second movement of Holst's First Choral Symphony (although he called it "First," there was never a second). You know the poem: "Beauty is truth and truth, beauty…." This is a highly enjoyable piece, and in sections of the first and third movement, the composer of The Planets makes some sounds that recall his most popular work. But there's much more to Holst than space music. He was a master at writing for chorus, his word setting always highly colorful and never stiff or "Victorian" sounding. This performance is the best available, so if you're intrigued, go for it.