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Order number B 108 098
Gustav Holst chamber music, Ensemble arabesques
CD: Gustav Holst chamber music


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Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

Quintet in A minor, Op. 3 for Piano, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon

Three Pieces for Oboe and String quartet

Terzetto for Flute, Oboe and Clarinet in Two Movements

Wind Quintet in A-flat major, Op. 14 for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon

Sextet E minor for Oboe, Clarinet in A, Bassoon, Violin, Viola and Violoncello
Recording première!

Ensemble arabesques

SooJin Anjou
Recorded it the Friedrich-Ebert-Halle Hamburg, 2016, September

A Co-Production with
Deutschlandradio Kultur

(German, English)
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„Music, being identical with heaven, isn’t a thing of momentary thrills, or even hourly ones. It’s a condition of eternity.“
Gustav Holst

Gustav Holst and the chamber music

The English composer Gustav Holst is known to many music lovers for just one symphonic work: The Planets. This orchestral suite, first performed in its entirety in 1920, was certainly his greatest success during his lifetime, but it reflects only one small aspect of the composer and his intellectual world.
Holst's chamber-music works, full of consummate grace and still written in the late-romantic vein, prove that his work deserves much greater attention.

The Sextet in E Minor from 1900 for mixed strings and woodwinds, which is recorded here for the first time, fills a gap in the repertoire.
It was not until the start of our century that Helge Bartholomäus unearthed this work, composed towards the end of Holst's student days, in the British Library archives and published it. The sextet has something of the lightness of a serenade, and in many passages sounds like a double trio for woodwinds and strings. A true find!

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