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Seven Partsongs, H162 Op 44
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'Holst: The Evening Watch & other choral works' (CDH55170)
Holst: The Evening Watch & other choral works
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No 1: Say who is this?
No 2: O Love, I complain
No 3: Angel spirits of sleep
No 4: When first we met
No 5: Sorrow and joy
No 6: Love on my heart
No 7: Assemble, all ye maidens

Seven Partsongs, H162 Op 44
The Seven Partsongs for female voices and string orchestra, H162 (Op 44), to words by Robert Bridges (1844–1930), possess a refreshing sense of spontaneity that readily communicates itself. Bridges, Poet Laureate, was a close friend of the composer’s and inspired a large number of vocal settings by him. There can be no doubt that Holst’s personal sense of involvement coupled with his usual technical skill combined in these settings to produce an unjustifiably neglected masterpiece.

The elusive and mystical quality of these poems appealed instinctively to Holst. He later recalled: ‘I did the first of the Bridges poems the moment I caught sight of the words, since when I’ve been wondering what they mean.’ The pivotal tonal centre of the cycle is E, enriched by the composer’s highly personal brand of modal harmony, with its hypersensitive response to the changing moods of the text.

from notes by Julian Haylock 1989

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Details for CDA66329 track 16
Assemble, all ye maidens
Recording date
2 October 1988
Recording venue
St Paul's School for Girls, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Tony Faulkner
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  1. Holst: The Evening Watch & other choral works (CDA66329)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: September 1989
    Deletion date: February 2004
    Superseded by CDH55170
  2. Holst: The Evening Watch & other choral works (CDH55170)
    Disc 1 Track 16
    Release date: February 2004
    Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
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