Against the Grain Theatre have released a location shot film of Holst’s Sāvitri on Youtube.  It’s a very beautiful film with some fine music making but I really wonder why anyone would choose to lavish their talents on this particular opera.


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O Gladsome Light

gladsome lightThis review first appeared in the print edition of Opera Canada.

O Gladsome Lightis a collection of sacred songs, hymns and meditations by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Gustav Holst and his pupil Edmund Rubbra. They are performed by various permutations of Lawrence Wiliford, tenor, Stephen Philcox, piano and Marie Bérard and Keith Hamm, respectively Concertmaster and Principal Violist of the COC Orchestra.

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