Holst: The Wandering Scholar; At the Boar’s Head

WORKS: The Wandering Scholar; At the Boar’s Head
PERFORMER: Michael Rippon, Norma Burrowes, Michael Langdon, Robert Tear; English Opera Group, ECO/Steuart Bedford; Philip Langridge, John Tomlinson, Elise Ross, Felicity Palmer; RLPO & Choir/David Atherton
CATALOGUE NO: CDM 5 65127 2 ADD Reissue
Holst never achieved in his operas the success of S¯avitri. These two short comedies – one a Chaucerian tale of a farmer’s wife and her cleric lover who get their comeuppance at the hands of a wandering scholar refused food, the other a miraculous matching of Shakespeare’s Falstaffian scenes to existing folksongs – nevertheless have their charms. These classic recordings, superbly cast, make a welcome return to the catalogue in this apt coupling. Matthew Rye