As well as its orchestral form, Holst’s Suite The Planets exists in versions for keyboard: Holst’s original working version for piano duet, a version for two pianos arranged by the composer himself, and a transcription for organ by the distinguished organist Arthur Wills, of which three movements are recorded on this CD. 

The piano versions convey the power, energy, and delicacy of Holst’s writing but the added dimension of the organ’s tonal spectrum makes it an ideal instrument to approach the colours of the original orchestration with great effect.With concurrent careers as a solo organist, conductor, and piano accompanist, Joseph Nolan is making his name as a versatile performer. 

As an organist he has performed at most of the major British venues, including Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and at the Harrow and Hastings Organ Festivals. This CD is his début recording.

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