Gustav Holst Savitri

Savitri, The Lark Ascending, Sinfonietta Op.1

Gustav Holst Savitri

PHCD145  |   Phoenix CD

Name Credit
Gustav Holst Gustav Holst Composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams Ralph Vaughan Williams Composer
Benjamin  Britten Benjamin Britten Composer
Glen Barton Cortese Glen Barton Cortese Conductor
Ik-Hwan Bae Ik-Hwan Bae Violin
Jessica Miller Jessica Miller Mezzo-soprano
Kyu Won Han Kyu Won Han Baritone
Simon O'Neill Simon O'Neill Tenor


Gustav Holst                                Savitri

Ralph Vaughan Williams      The Lark Ascending

Benjamin Britten                      Sinfonietta, Op.1


The Manhattan School of Music Chamber Sinfonia

and Opera Theater

Glen Barton Cortese, conductor

Jessica Miller, mezzo soprano  

Kyu Won Han, baritone

Simon O’Neill, tenor     

Ik-Hwan Bae, violin          The Lark Ascending


This all English album is a wonderful mix of the known and little known. Gustav Holst’s opera in one act “Savitri” is based on an episode from the Indian classic Mahabharta. Holst created this work as a result of an almost obsessive fascination with spiritualism and Asian culture that swept through Europe prior to World War I. Benjamin Britten’s Op.1 “Sinfonietta” was written when he was an 18 year old music student and is dedicated to his teacher Frank Bridge. “The Lark Ascending” by Ralph Vaughan Williams is in his own words “an English landscape transcribed into musical terms.” This work is one of the 20th century’s most beautiful Pastorales, as set for solo violin and orchestra.