Archive for November 2019

The Planets

Gustav Holst’s timeless, celestial classic.

From a dramatically building orchestra and choir through mercurial moments and a cheerfully epic romp, together with quieter, more magical reveals and ethereal choir with cosmic harps, Holst’s suite contains a universe of orchestral moods.


Mars, Bringer of War
Epic, dramatically building orchestra & choir with an explosive ending. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at full tilt.  3.53


Venus, Bringer of Peace
Calm, atmospheric & tender orchestra & choir. Sparkling woodwinds & celesta with ethereal strings & brass 2.08


Mercury, Winged Messenger
Flighty, lively, mercurial orchestra with intricate woodwinds & celesta. Big orchestral crescendo.  1.58


Jupiter, Bringer Of Jollity
Cheerful, epic orchestral romp throughout. 2.29


Saturn, Bringer Of Old Age
Gently developing beautiful orchestra with rousing, tense middle section & serene resolution.  2.13


Uranus, The Magician
Dramatic symphonic opening into sprightly, magical orchestral theme with choir & rousing ending.  1.55


Neptune, The Mystic
Nebulous, stirring orchestra with magical reveal, ethereal choir & cosmic harps & bells.  1.51


I Vow to Thee, My Country
Patriotic, stirring English hymn arranged for choir & orchestra.  2.07


 

Elgar & Dukas

Pastoral Patriotic


Pomp and Circumstance’s joyful orchestral march, Land of Hope and Glory’s rousing choir and the stirring Nimrod are the ultimate patriotic anthems.

A passionate Cello Concerto and Dukas’s dramatic, magical Sorcerer’s Apprentice complete this collection.


Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 Prelude 

Joyful, patriotic orchestral march builds to stately ‘Land of Hope and Glory’ instrumental theme. 4:17

Land of Hope and Glory

Rousing choir & orchestra perform the ultimate British patriotic anthem. 2:26


Cello Concerto in E Minor

Passionate & virtuosic cello building to a thunderous orchestra. Gentle, glowering ending.  3:02


Nimrod

Stirring, patriotic orchestral anthem. Powerful ending. From Enigma Variations performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  2:12


Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4

Regal, celebratory orchestral march. Upbeat & proud.  2:22


Salut d’Amour

Elegiac, romantic & beautiful orchestral theme (1888).  2:56


Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Magical, stormy orchestral romp. Full of drama & fantasy.  2:52