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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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"... Soojin Anjoo and the Ensemble Arabesques deliver first class performances. The ensemble cannot be faulted, and they bring to this music intelligence and profound musicianship. They certainly make persuasive advocates of these alluring scores.
For those who regard Holst as a ‘one-work’ composer, I would point them in the direction of this compellingly attractive music..."
Musicweb-international.com, Stephen Greenbank,
March 09, 2017

"... The ensemble specialises in playing rarely heard works and this Holst programme certainly fits the bill. These are performances of great accomplishment... Recordings of Holst chamber music are rather thin on the ground and this release is a welcome and rewarding addition to the catalogue."
Musicweb-international.com, Michael Cookson,
March 27, 2017

"An enjoyable jaunt through 30 years of rarely heard Holst chamber music, from the affable Quintet in A minor to the sinewy Terzetto for flute, oboe and clarinet."
BBC Music Magazine, JP, May 2017

"[…] these artists are clearly all on the same page, leaning into the music with a bright-eyed enthusiasm that doesn’t preclude either a sense of mystery in the Terzetto or an unforced instinct fort he music’s poetry: the way they let the Adagio of the Wind Quintet sink imperceptibly into slumber is particularly lovely. It’s a joy, too, to hear works usually dismissed as juvenilia really played rather than patronised, and I found myself returning to this disc with increasing pleasure."
Gramophone, Richard Bratby, July 2017

"... These “vivace” performances of very ingratiating music showcase a seldom-heard but rewarding side of a composer still known mainly for his single “greatest hit."
The Whole Note, Michael Schulman, 30 May 2017

"Chaudement recommandé!"
Crescendo Magazine, Bernard Postiau, 20.05.2017