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Holst & Dukas: Arrangements fur 2 Orgeln & Schlagzeug, Vol. 2

By Paul Dukas

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Composed by Paul Dukas (1865-1935) and Gustav Holst (1874-1934). Classical. Hybrid SACD. Naxos #hd-klassik 3D-001901. Published by Naxos (NX.HD-KLASSIK-3D-001901).

Item Number: NX.HD-KLASSIK-3D-001901

Vol. 2 of the series Arrangements for 2 Organs and Percussion with arrangements by the organist Jorg Endebrock unites two famous compositions: The orchestral suite The Planets, written from 1914-16, remains Gustav Holst's most successful composition. And justifiably so: his work takes a wide variety of musical influences from its time and molds them into a style at once irresistibly new and unmistakably personal: hints of early Stravinsky, plus Vaughan Williams, Dukas and Debussy, but also Elgar and English folk music, are audible throughout. This style results in a work that is simultaneously musically sophisticated and popular. According to a verified anecdote, during the dress rehearsal of Jupiter before its premiere, the cleaning ladies in the concert hall broke out dancing. This style would go on to influence a whole generation of film score composers, particularly in the science fiction genre. Notwithstanding the oft-mentioned differences between German and French (musical) culture, several of the most prominent settings of Goethe originated in France, including dramatic works by Berlioz, Gounod and Massenet. Paul Dukas' 1897 symphonic poem The Sorcerer's Apprentice (L'apprenti sorcier) is not a setting but is nonetheless Goethe-inspired music in the form of a scherzo for orchestra. The piece is equal parts brilliant and malicious, and is a favourite among orchestras; it is often played, especially in the USA. In August 2017, hd-klassik, Cybele Records' sister company, announced the expansion of its audiophile offerings with an additional exquisite physical product: the 3D Binaural Series. This new edition from ECHO Klassik winner Ingo Schmidt-Lucas marks the debut of his latest recording technology, 3D Binaural Stereo (Artificial Head), on SACD in native DSD quality.

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