GUSTAV HOLST (1874-1934): The Wandering Scholar, Op. 50, Suite de ballet, Op. 10, A Song of the Night, for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 19/1.
Catalogue Number: 08O050
Reference: CHAN 10725 X
Description: We offer this reissue since The Wandering Scholar is still quite rare: Holst's last opera premiered in 1934 only a few months before his death. A brief (25-minute) comedy with no set pieces or overture, its tunes are written in rhythms similar to those of folk dance but never quote actual songs. 1899's Suite de ballet is light music but individual for all that while the Song of the Night (1905), Holst's last orchestral work before he discovered folk song, reflects the popular violin encores of the day. Ingrid Attrot (soprano), Neill Archer (tenor), Alan Opie (baritone), Donald Maxwell (bass), Lesley Hatfield (violin), Northern Sinfonia; Richard Hickox. Original 1999 release (07B007).