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HOLST: Vedic Hymns / Four Songs, Op. 35 / Humbert Wolfe Settings (English Song, Vol. 6)


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HOLST: Vedic Hymns / Four Songs, Op. 35 / Humbert Wolfe Settings (English Song, Vol. 6)

Originally released by Collins Classics as part of its English Songs Series, this recording offers a fascinating selection of the 72 solo songs Holst wrote across his entire compositional career. They range from the Six Songs from 1903-04, representative of the composer’s earlier styles, through the Vedic Hymns of 1907-08, Holst’s first confident use of ancient Hindu literature, the Four Songs for voice and violin, inspired by medieval lyrics and folk music modes, to the Twelve Humbert Wolfe settings of 1929, songs of ‘love, reflection and fantasy’. The disc concludes with The Heart Worships, one of Holst’s best loved songs.

Holst, Gustav

  4 Songs, Op. 35
1.   Jesu sweet 00:02:49
2.   My soul has nought but fire and ice 00:00:57
3.   I sing of a maiden 00:01:20
4.   My Leman is so true 00:02:15
  6 Songs, Op. 16
5.   Calm is the morn 00:04:15
6.   My true love hath my heart 00:01:32
7.   Weep you no more 00:02:02
8.   Lovely kind and kindly loving 00:01:50
9.   Cradle Song 00:01:28
10.   Peace 00:01:57
  Vedic Hymns, Op. 24
11.   Ushas (Dawn) 00:03:25
12.   Varuna I (Sky) 00:03:07
13.   Maruts (Storm Clouds) 00:01:52
14.   Indra (God of Storm and Battle) 00:03:28
15.   Varuna II (The Waters) 00:02:08
16.   Song of the Frogs 00:02:00
17.   Vac (Speech) 00:02:24
18.   Creation 00:03:25
19.   Faith 00:02:36

Holst, Gustav
Wolfe, Humbert, lyricist(s)

  12 Humbert Wolfe Settings, Op. 48
20.   Persephone 00:01:26
21.   Things lovelier 00:01:12
22.   Now in these fairylands 00:01:21
23.   A little music 00:01:58
24.   The thought 00:01:50
25.   The floral bandit 00:02:10
26.   Envoi 00:03:58
27.   The dream - city 00:03:12
28.   Journey's end 00:02:12
29.   In the street of lost time 00:00:55
30.   Rhyme 00:01:48
31.   Betelgeuse 00:03:36

Holst, Gustav

  Margrete's Cradle Song, Op. 4, No. 2
32.   Margrete's Cradle Song, Op. 4, No. 2 00:02:38
  The Heart Worships
33.   The Heart Worships 00:03:14

Total Playing Time: 01:16:20

Holst, Gustav

Wolfe, Humbert

Bedford, Steuart; Fuller, Louisa; Gritton, Susan; Langridge, Philip; Maltman, Christopher

Label: Naxos

Series: English Song Series

Genre: Vocal

Period: 20th Century

Catalogue No: 8.557117

Barcode: 0747313211722

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Physical Release: 10/2003

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