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Track(s) taken from CDA66853

The Holy Boy

orchestral version by John Ireland

Paul Barritt (violin), Catherine Edwards (piano)
Recording details: December 1995
St Paul's Church, Langton Road, Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: August 1996
Total duration: 3 minutes 16 seconds

Other recordings available for download

The Hallé Orchestra, Stephen Bell (conductor)


'Another extremely useful addition to the ever-expanding Ireland discography' (Gramophone)

'Movingly poetic performances, accorded seductively intimate sound' (Classic CD)

'Highly recommended' (Fanfare, USA)

'La plus belle interprétation des deux Sonates pour violon à ce jour' (Répertoire, France)
The Holy Boy was one of Ireland’s most popular works and caught the imagination of a wide public. Originally written for piano on Christmas Day 1913 and later prefaced by the description ‘Carol’, it was grouped together as the third of Four Preludes. Although the apparent subject is the birth of Christ, the title has a double meaning since its true inspiration was Bobby Glasby, one of Ireland’s choristers at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea, where he was organist from 1904 to 1926. Such was the piece’s success that several arrangements were made, by Ireland and others. Strangely though, this version for violin and piano that Ireland made in 1919 was never published.

from notes by Andrew Burn © 1996

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A Christmas Celebration
Studio Master: CDHLL7545Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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