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Gustav Holst: Hymn of Jesus; Egdon Heath; Perfect Fool (Ballet) Toccata for Piano


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Gustav Holst: Hymn of Jesus; Egdon Heath;
Perfect Fool (Ballet) Toccata for Piano
Welsh and English Folksongs & This I have Done…

BBC & London
Philharmonic Orchestras
Sir Adrian Boult
BBC Northern Singers
Stephen Wilkinson

Catalogue Number: ALC 1359
Number of Discs: 1
Date/Runtime: Time: 79:26, ADD,1962/74
Barcode: 5055354413599




“(Hymn) a fine and vital performance that vividly conveys the exultant and the mystical nature … Egdon Heath is unforgettable: often frightening and desolate, here and there calm and serene, but never sun-lit. Holst did indeed find in Hardy’s description a map of his soul … I cannot imagine a better performance than this one” (Folksongs) “all these settings are beautiful and are sung with warm tone and blend. The collection ends with the finest song of all, This have I done for my true love, an original piece that ranks with any short unaccompanied choral work by any composer. The recording … is first-rate” (Gramophone)

  • 1. The Hymn of Jesus Op.37 (BBC Symphony & Chorus) 21:15
  • 2. Perfect Fool Op.39 (London Philharmonic Orchestra) 10:31
  • 3. Egdon Heath Op.47 (London Philharmonic Orchestra) 12:33
  • 4. Toccata: Newburn Lads (Keith Swallow, piano) 2:51
  • BBC Northern Singers conducted by Stephen Wilkinson
    English Folk Songs from Op.36:

  • 5. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John 2:17
  • 6. I Sowed the Seeds of Love 2:23
  • 7. I Love My Love 3:55
  • Welsh Folk Songs:

  • 8. The Lively Pair 0:58
  • 9. Lisa Lan 3:28
  • 10. My Sweetheart’s Like Venus 1:34
  • 11. Adar Man y Mynydd 2:42
  • 12. Lliw Gwyn Rhosyn yr Haf 1:08
  • 13. The First Love 1:13
  • 14. Green Grass 0:49
  • 15. Awake Awake 2:48
  • 16. The Dove 2:01
  • 17. O ’twas on a Monday Morning 1:47
  • 18.This Have I Done for My True Love 4:48
  • (Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day)