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Holst: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - The Planets

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>Holst, Gustav : Beni Mora, oriental suite for orchestra, Op. 29/1, H. 107
>Holst, Gustav : Japanese Suite, for orchestra, Op. 33, H. 126
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : Beni Mora, oriental suite for orchestra, Op. 29/1, H. 107
>Holst, Gustav : Japanese Suite, for orchestra, Op. 33, H. 126
>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
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Notes & Reviews:

"Chandos' Holst series highlights a composer whose inventiveness and originality was not limited to one ouevre. Volume 1 of the series, conducted by the late Richard Hickox, received a great deal of critical acclaim for its revival of little-known Holst works. In this second volume, Sir Andrew Davis has taken the baton, conducting the BBC Philharmonic in a unique program: The Planets, Holst's orchestral tour de force, as well as two comparative rarities in the concert hall, the Japanese SuiteNeeme Järvi is back conducting the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in the third of four albums featuring Henk de Vlieger's bold arrangements of operas by Wagner. Of the first album, Classic FM wrote: 'Dutch composer Henk de Vlieger builds a penetrating symphonic poem that reflects the dramatic depths of The Ring.' In Volume 3, De Vlieger turns to Wagner's tragic-romantic opera Tristan und Isolde, which is here treated symphonically. The disc also features the overture to Liebesverbot, as well as the overture to Wagner's Die Feen, which was the composer's first great romantic, although less well-known, opera.

"'Saturn' stands out for its remorseless tread, ominously tangible tubular bells and magnificently built climax... ["Uranus"'s] unnervingly bleak coda and the first half of "Neptune" are perceptively handled." -Gramophone Magazine

"'Mars', one of his best performances, is quite fast, rigidly controlled, frighteningly bleak and with a cold sound... Even the terrific climax, with ffff organ chords, has a barren quality to it... 'Venus' sounds cool, even melancholy rather than peaceful after 'Mars'. 'Uranus' is splendidly done, with a harsh brass opening and a spooky delicacy in the hopping rhythms." -International Record Review

"[Beni Mora] offers opportunities that this team seizes wonderfully, as one gorgeous woodwind solo after another deftly conjures the composer's exotic surroundings...Davis's approach to The Planets goes for no-nonsense directness rather than sonic gross-out...Mercury, the Winged Messenger scintillates, while the strange, remote sounds of Neptune, The Mystic are hauntingly captured." -Classic FM Magazine *****

"Davis's new performance takes off with 'Saturn': this may not match the sense of weariness Boult conveys, but its inexorable progress is highly effective, and the bells for once sound as if they've been hit by something metallic to alrming effect. 'Uranus, the Magician' is done with an infectious sense of showmanship, while the miraculous shades and textures of 'Neptune' are beautifully caught in the recording." -BBC Music Magazine ***

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (06/24/2010-06/25/2010).



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>Holst, Gustav : Beni Mora, oriental suite for orchestra, Op. 29/1, H. 107
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (06/24/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1909-1910

>Holst, Gustav : Japanese Suite, for orchestra, Op. 33, H. 126
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (06/24/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1915

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
  • Conductor: Andrew Davis
  • Notes: The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester (06/24/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 48 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916