Holst: The Planets / Svetlanov

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>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Mlada

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Mlada
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Upon this recording's original release, Gramophone commented "The movement (Saturn) opens with an achingly, despairing remorseless tread and moves with powerful dignity and hammering timpani to its strong climax at 5'40", with the belts sounding the knell of doom: afterwards, the dark woodwind and dejected violins are very poignant against the growling bass. Then the texture lightens magically (6'27") and the piece moves sadly to its serene close: it is most impressive" -Gramophone September 1992

"The decision to keep these recordings available seems fully justified, for the performances are solid and the sound is remarkable for its clear details and vibrant timbres. The Planets is a perennial favorite, and Svetlanov gives this suite of astrological tone poems an expansive interpretation that lingers over the quiet movements as lovingly as it forcefully pounds out the loud ones. "Mars, the Bringer of War," still packs a punch; and "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity," is still robust and exciting, but this performance is perhaps most memorable for the delicacy of "Venus, the Bringer of Peace," the mystery of "Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age," and the uncanny stillness of "Neptune, the Mystic," the last movement graced by the ethereal voices of the women of The Sixteen." -All Music Guide

"Resplendently engineered and commandingly played, this is a product of Svetlanov's low-voltage late period." -BBC Music Magazine ***

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Blackheath Concert Halls, London (11/1991).



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Works Details

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 54 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolai : Mlada
  • Conductor: Evgeny Svetlanov
  • Running Time: 19 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1903