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Holst: The Planets / Jurowski

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
Conductor Ensemble
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Notes & Reviews:

Few composers have achieved such success with a single work as Holst with 'The Planets'. Each movement expresses the planet's supposed astrological character, and the colourful orchestration and memorable melodies ensure its immediate and ongoing popularity. It's hard to believe now that it was a groundbreaking work - a huge, multi-movement piece that finally fades into ethereal silence as wordless voices disappear into outer space. This rousing performance was conducted by the London Philharmonic Orchestra's Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski.

"Brisk tempos and a brilliant, brassy sound distinguish this version of Holst's best-loved work...hats off to the energy and commitment of the LPO players." -The Telegraph

”Given the fact that this is a live recording the sonics are amazingly good. The organ pedals are well-caught and sound distinct from the bass drum. Orchestral sections are finely balanced; there's a touch of breathing from the flutes, but nothing annoying, and the audience is very quiet. At a time when tempos seem to be getting ever slower, except in the "period performance" movement where speed substitutes for feeling, it's wonderful to have a performance that grabs a warhorse like this by the scruff of the neck and gives it a good, healthy shake.”-Classicstoday.com

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, London (05/22/2009).


A new journey through the planets
This live performance CD of the London Philharmonic Orchestra & Choir bring to life Holst: The Planets work. The music creates a unique trip through the solar system. You can hear the wood of the bows tapping the strings, feel the velocity of the planets as they orbit in space and hear the harps and bells that will evoke emotions over you. While I have listened to other orchestrations of this work that presented a more sonically pleasing composition, this CD has lots of energy and momentum that make it worth listening to.
Submitted on 06/24/11 by RollTideGirl 
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Works Details

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
  • Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski
  • Running Time: 41 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916