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Gramophone, February 2011

Originally release by Collins Classics, this offers an absorbing selection from the 72 solo songs Holst composed across his career. Of the performers, none is finer than Susan Gritton in the touching songs for voice and violin, where she’s ably partnered by Luisa Fuller.




Penguin Guide, January 2009

Naxos have enterprisingly picked up a disc of rare Host vocal repertoire, originally issued on the Collins label. Apart from the comparatively well-known, very Holstian and mystically atmospheric Hymns from the Rig Veda, sung sensitively (if with a slightly intrusive vibrato) by Christopher Maltman, the most striking songs are the Humbert Wolfe settings, in which Philip Langridgeis in his element. But the star performer here is Susan Gritton, persuasive in the early songs but at her very finest in the Four Songs for Voice and Violin, set to medieval lyrics, with Louisa Fuller a responsive partner. Throughout, Steuart Bedford is thoroughly at home in the piano accompaniments, and the recording is excellent.



Alan Blyth
Gramophone, February 2004

"These excellent readings of rewarding songs by Holst make an agreeable return, and all the more welcome at the price...I also find them [Four songs for voice and text] singularly moving, specially in this plan gently tone performance, by Susan Gritton"



Stephen Johnson
BBC Music Magazine, February 2004

"Naxos deserves a rosette for rescuing this remarkable former Collins Classics recital from oblivion...The performances are outstanding - I can't remember the last time I heard so many riveting pianissimos on one disc - and everything is exquisitely recorded. Strongly recommended."






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