This is our third CD devoted to orchestral works by Gustav Holst. The series was inaugurated by Richard Hickox whosadly passed away in 2009 after having completed only Volume 1. Fortunately, Chandos was able to secure the servicesof its exclusive artist the acclaimed conductor Sir Andrew Davis for the second volume. Now Sir Andrew turns to TheMystic Trumpeter and the First Choral Symphony, this time conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus andthe Grammy-nominated soprano Susan Gritton. Composed originally in 1904 and revised in 1912, The Mystic Trumpeter received only two performances in Holst’s lifetime, and it was not revived until 1980. Holst based the work on a poem from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, and the influence of Hindu thought is clearly present throughout. Holst drafted the First Choral Symphony in 1923.