The Woodley Ensemble, the area’s leading chamber choir, gives the Washington premiere of Gustav Holst’s rarely heard Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda. Holst made his own translations from the Sanskrit for this work, which he completed in 1918. In part one, traditional Vedic chants are offered by Venkatesh Sastri, chief priest at the Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, one of the Washington area’s oldest and largest Hindu temples. Recorded live in the Meyer Auditorium October 14, 2006.
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