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Holst: Choral Fantasia - John Birch (organ); Lynne Dawson (soprano); Guildford Choral Society (choir, chorus); Royal Philharmonic Orchestra;...
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  1. A Choral Fantasia, for soprano, chorus, organ, strings, brass & percussion, Op. 51, H. 177
  2. First Choral Symphony, for soprano, chorus & orchestra, Op. 41, H. 155

The precise moment that Holst's career hit its apogee can be fixed in history as October 7, 1925, the day his Choral Symphony, setting texts by Keats, was premiered in Leeds. Since the public premiere of The Planets in 1920, Holst had been England's most popular living composer. He was mobbed by his fans at the premiere, but its repeat in London with the same performers three weeks later bored critics and put the audience to sleep. From that moment, Holst's career started to slide and he was soon eclipsed by William Walton ...

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Holst: Choral Fantasia 1993, Hyperion

UPC: 034571166605