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|Dunn, H:cnd/Dallas Wind Symph|
Holst: Hammersmith / Moorside Suite / Suite No. 1 in E flat / Suite No. 2 in F
Genres: Special Interest, Classical
This recording was made in Dallas's showcase Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in June 1990. The repertory is a mix of standards-- Holst's two suites--and the mildly esoteric A Moorside Suite and Hammersmith. Of these, Ha... more »
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This recording was made in Dallas's showcase Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in June 1990. The repertory is a mix of standards-- Holst's two suites--and the mildly esoteric A Moorside Suite and Hammersmith. Of these, Hammersmith will appeal to those who like the composer's Planets, particularly Uranus. The selections are played in Holst's original instrumentation, and sound much the better and cleaner for it. The ensemble is crisp, and the solo and sectional playing measures up to a truly "symphonic" standard. While there are places where the band's tuning could be better--one notices some piquancies in unison passages for the clarinets--the Texans seem to have a secure grasp of Holst's idiom. The hall provides something very close to an ideal sound envelope, and the recording presents a well- focused image with lots of depth, good presence, and, except for some brightness in the high brass, natural tonal balance. --Ted Libbey
Holst will get you goin'
John Long | Richmond, VA | 11/30/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If you've never listened to Holst "other" music (besides the very unexeciting "Planets"), you're in for a treat. It's a shame there isn't more wind music out there, because it can take you a lot of places if you let it. Having trouble getting going in the morning? Put Holst's "March" on your car CD and you'll be in a better mood by the time you get to work. Other pieces could work nicely as movie soundtracks, ballet music, etc. Everything is lyrical, rhythmic, ever-changing, accessible, easy to get into, and mostly upbeat. Give Holst's wind music a try!"
The best recording of the Military Suites one can find!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow. This is the way Gustav Holst meant for these works to be performed. 1st and 2nd Suites are exceptional. Hammersmith is extraordinary."