Holmboe: Symphony No. 8 (Sinfonia boreale); Symphony No. 9

COMPOSERS: Holmboe
LABELS: BIS
WORKS: Symphony No. 8 (Sinfonia boreale); Symphony No. 9
PERFORMER: Aarhus SO/Owain Arwel Hughes
CATALOGUE NO: CD-618 DDD
Another welcome instalment in BIS’s distinguished Holmboe symphony cycle, contrasting the classically minded Eighth Symphony of 1951 with the later transparency and refinement of the Ninth (1967-8), dedicated to Nadia Boulanger. Powerful commitment from Hughes (dramatically responsive, toughly disciplined, grand, intimate). Fabulous orchestral playing. Spectacular sound. Ates Orga

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