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Holst: The Planets

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>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
Performer Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Buzz Brass and the organist Mélanie Barney gather to present The Planets in a personalized version. This symphonic repertoire icon, which made Gustav Holst famous, portrays the astrological temper of the seven planets of our solar system. Let yourself be transported in a majestic interplanetary journey.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
At any rate the re-appearance of new classical recordings on vinyl has been keeping things interesting for us black-licorice spinners. As I pointed out in my review of the superb new LP of Tchaikovsky's Serenade on 2L last issue, the most ambitious new releases of classical vinyl have been the complete symphonic cycles of Mahler (from the San Francisco Symphony) and Beethoven (from the Bremen Chamber Symphony). Those are productions of the individual orchestras and probably one-off issues. But at least a few established classical labels seem ready to test the possibility of getting back into LPs. Deutsche Grammophon has just released a vinyl-only recording of Mendelssohn's Third Symphony with Gustavo Dudamel and the Vienna Philharmonic - an excellent-sounding in-concert recording, by the way - and Fidelio, an audiophile- oriented label from Canada, has now chosen to show off its analog credentials by reissuing its recent recording of Enrico Dastous's arrangement for brass quintet and organ of The Planets (Mar/Apr 2012) on a set of two 45-rpm discs (the faster turntable speed improves sonic fidelity). The recording was made using all-analog, all-tube microphones and electronics, and it sounds tremendous on a good stereo. Of course Holst's warhorse is a sonic showpiece to begin with, and the organand- brass version, with its thunderous bass and brilliant brass fusillades, is perfectly suited to test state-of-the-art systems.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: L'Eglise Saint-Viateur D'Outremont, Montréal, Québec (2009-03-22_2009-03-23_2009-).


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>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
  • Performer: Mélanie Barney (Organ)
  • Ensemble: Buzz Ensemble
  • Notes: L'Eglise Saint-Viateur D'Outremont, Montréal, Québec (03/22/2009-03/26/2009)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916