Holst - The Planets; R Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra | Chandos CHSA5179

Holst - The Planets; R Strauss - Also sprach Zarathustra

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Label: Chandos

Cat No: CHSA5179

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 27th January 2017

Contents

Artists

CBSO Youth Chorus
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Conductor

Edward Gardner

Works

Holst, Gustav

The Planets, op.32

Strauss, Richard

Also sprach Zarathustra, op.30

Artists

CBSO Youth Chorus
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

Conductor

Edward Gardner

About

For its very first album on Chandos, the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain devotes its characteristic energy and musical mastery to an explosive programme that transcends daily life and earthly experience. It is helped by the enthusiastic, encouraging, and experienced baton of Edward Gardner as well as by the sumptuous yet detailed acoustic of Symphony Hall, Birmingham, all fully revealed in this surround-sound recording.

Their performance of Strauss’s Also sprach Zarathustra and Holst’s The Planets is already a point of reference in the UK after the immensely successful Prom concert that preceded the recording. The concert’s five-star review in The Daily Telegraph praised in particular the orchestra’s ‘great attack and complete absence of anything routine’, while The Guardian emphasised the great performance of the orchestra in this ‘graceful and evocative programme’, especially the ‘depth and richness of sound that belied their youth’.

This unique album is a first milestone in what promises to be a superb discography for the NYO.

Reviews

The two works here – Holst’s Planets and Strauss’s Also Sprach Zarathustra – were recorded in Birmingham immediately after the orchestra’s Prom last summer, and the impact of Strauss’s iconic opening is reinforced by the heft of the Symphony Hall organ. Occasionally one misses the refinement of a professional outfit, but rarely: more often one is struck by the warmth and intensity of the string sound and the quality of the wind solos. Edward Gardner’s driven, finely balanced conducting ensures this is one for collectors as well as supporters.  Erica Jeal
The Guardian 9 February 2017

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