Greetings, my fellow port swillers!
Teh Middle Gel mentioned this evening the fun she and her choir mates have in singing an 8-voice setting of the “Ave Maria” by Gustav Holst. Ol’ Robbo had had no idea that Holst, who is a bit out of his normal musickal grazing grounds, had ever done such a setting. Indeed, beyond “The Planets”, I’m not sure I would know a work by Holst if I tripped over it. So I of course had to dial the thing up and listen. Here you go. It certainly will never replace my favorite Renaissance and Baroque settings, but it is pleasant. And I can understand why a bevy of young singers would enjoy it: