- Hansjörg Albrecht (Organ)
Notes & Reviews:
Hansjörg Albrecht presents Holst's The Planets in a way that's never before been heard. At the St. Nikolai Organ in Kiel, he has put the seven individual pieces in the limelight no less bombastically and dramatically for the listener. This recording is also a continuation of Oehms Classics' series of organ transcriptions with Hansjörg Albrecht in SACD Sound, ensuring that the sound at home will be perfect.
"The Planets is truly indestructible...Yet transcribing it for organ, as Peter Sykes has done, is even to give it a lift. What better instrument to evoke the solar system and creation’s mystery?...The tonal-dynamic range is prodigious. Ethereality, for Venus and especially Neptune (originally cast for organ), is no trouble at all." -The Sunday Times
This transcription by Peter Sykes and performance by organist Hansj÷rg Albrecht is a huge improvement, and may in fact be preferable to many listeners vs. the now-hackneyed Holst orchestral original... The variety and diversity of Holst's musical creations for seven of the planets seem to stand out more clearly in the organ arrangements than they did for full orchestra. It might even appeal to listeners who are normally averse to pipe organ. Albrecht's interesting notes on each of the movements frequently make reference to works by other composers which have some similarity to the particular planet's movement by Holst.
There is no question that the huge sound of an organ in a resonant church is mightily impressive. SACD surround sound places you right in the middle of the huge church. An intriguing issue!
American Record Guide, July / August 2012
I think this for organ aficionados primarily, and they will enjoy Albrecht's astonishing virtuosity and the rich, spectacular sound. Sykes has recorded his own transcription (Raven 380), and we reviewed it favorably (Mar/Apr 1997), though I have not heard it.
Recording information: St. Nikolai, Kiel (04/23/2010-04/28/2010).
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Works DetailsHolst, Gustav : The Planets, for 2 pianos (original version of work), Op. 32, H. 125
- Performer: Hansjörg Albrecht (Organ)
- Notes: St. Nikolai, Kiel (04/23/2010-04/28/2010)
- Running Time: 59 min. 23 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Written: 1914-1916