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Holst: The Planets

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The Planets, Op. 32: I. Mars, the Bringer of War
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The Planets, Op. 32: II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
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The Planets, Op. 32: III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
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The Planets, Op. 32: IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
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The Planets, Op. 32: V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
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The Planets, Op. 32: VI. Uranus, the Magician
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The Planets, Op. 32: VII. Neptune, the Mystic
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Total Tracks: 7   Total Length: 50:19

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James Jolly

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04.22.11
Everyone has a favourite planet. What's yours?
2003 | Label: LSO Live / The Orchard

Everyone has a favourite planet — is it the big, oh-so-English tune at the heart of "Jupiter" ("I vow to thee my country" for all you British hymn-singers!); or it is the dreamy measures of "Venus"; or maybe the last, "Neptune," which involves the first fade-out in classical music — a wordless women's chorus blending with the orchestra before slipping away into nothingness. Holst's seven-movement The Planets, first heard in 1918, takes its cue not… read more »

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Competent rather than compulsive

SpinyNorman

Davis recorded this work for Philips with the Berlin Phil. I have not heard that version, but the LSO reading is good and in various movements (such as the implacable reading of Saturn) better still, although a slightly lack-lustre Uranus and unatmospheric Neptune relegate it to the second-best list. The sound is good for the Barbican, not too dry, although those who like the organ effects in this work should look elsewhere – it’s scarcely audible. Overall, a competent version rather than a compulsive one.

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