Holst: Cotswolds Symphony/ Walt Whitman Overture/ William Morris Elegy/ Japanese Suite/ Morris Dance Tunes/ Songs of the West (Naxos: 8.572914) (Ulster Orchestra/ JoAnn Falletta)
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Gustav Holst's youthful enthusiasm for Wagner is reflected in his ebullient Walt Whitman overture written in 1899. Shortly afterwards he composed The Cotswolds Symphony which embraces hints of contemporary British folk music but is dominated by the slow movement, a profound elegy for the utopian socialist William Morris. Though completed at college, A Winter Idyll shows real orchestral assurance. Indra is an accomplished tone poem revealing Holst's interest in the legends of India, whilst the glittering and evocative Japanese Suite was written in response to a request from a Japanese dancer appearing in London.
1. Walt Whitman Overture, Op. 7, H42 (JoAnn Falletta, Ulster Orchestra)
2. Symphony in F major, Op. 8, H47 The Cotswolds (JoAnn Falletta, Ulster Orchestra)
3. A Winter Idyll, H31 (JoAnn Falletta, Ulster Orchestra)
4. Japanese Suite, Op. 33, H1265. Indra Symphonic Poem, Op. 13, H66 (JoAnn Falletta, Ulster Orchestra)"