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Artist's impression of the planet Pluto and its moon Charon by David A Hardy
Science Photo Library
Track(s) taken from CDH55350
Recording details: March 2001
Bridgewater Hall, The, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 2001
Total duration: 11 minutes 49 seconds

'Pluto is an exhilaratingly fleet essay, laced with Holstian allusions. Elder also presides over a perceptive account of the haunting 1933 Lyric Movement … here’s to more high-quality productions from this new partnership' (Gramophone)

'[Matthews] succeeds miraculously in evoking Holst’s spirit while remaining genuine Matthews. This disc is a highly desirable addition to anyone’s collection' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Holstians will be grateful for a beautiful account of the melancholy Lyric Movement, but for those mainly interested in The Planets this has few rivals as a performance' (International Record Review)

'Wonderfully imaginative [Pluto]—a lightning-fast scherzo that grows out of the dying moments of a preceding Neptune and finally evaporates as mysteriously as it started' (The Guardian)

'Colin Matthews has finally completed the picture with Pluto, and hearing it on this fine recording alongside Holst’s original, the scale of his achievement becomes clear. Fast, pacy and light like the solar winds of the planet itself, Colin Matthews has enhanced our enjoyment and appreciation of Holst’s original work, beautifully and movingly played here by the Hallé Orchestra under Mark Elder' (Classic FM Magazine)

'The Planets is beautifully performed, the Hallé on fine form and radiantly strong in Mars, Jupiter and Holst’s swansong, the Lyric Suite' (Yorkshire Post)

Lyric Movement, H191
1933; written for Lionel Tertis who gave the first performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sir Adrian Boult on 18 March 1934

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Lyric Movement for viola and small orchestra (very small, just one each of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and strings) was one of Holst’s last works, written in 1933 for the pioneering viola player Lionel Tertis, who gave the first performance with the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Adrian Boult on 18 March 1934. With its shifting harmonies and haunted half-lights, this is an epitome of his late orchestral style; the work might almost have been called ‘Nocturne’. Here Holst achieves a remarkable eloquence, the clarity of his textures and the soaring solo viola reflecting an authority he had been searching for all his life.

from notes by Lewis Foreman © 2001

Other albums featuring this work
'Holst: The Planets; Matthews: Pluto' (SACDA67270)
Holst: The Planets; Matthews: Pluto
This album is not yet available for download SACDA67270  Super-Audio CD — Deleted  
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