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The Originals - Holst: The Planets; Strauss / Karajan, VPO

Album Summary

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

"Von Karajan recorded his 'Planets' way back in 1961, so in terms of sound alone, you'd think this Vienna Philharmonic rendition would be out of the running. But not so! Decca's remastering has closed the decibel gap to a paper-thin margin - the sound is gloriously full, warm, magisterial... Karajan was probably at the height of his powers when this performance was taped, and if the VPO had any qualms about turning it on for this quintessentially 'British' music, you'd never know it..." -American Record Guide

Gramophone
'I found this an enormously exciting performance of The Planets ... Karajan gives an absolutely splendid performance, breathing new life into the music ... and it is just so welcome to see how finely this music comes up in the hands of a ... different conductor of such gifts ... this is a performance to be heard ... Karajan has brought a new excitement to this music ... I do hope he is playing it to his audiences in Vienna'.



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Works Details

>Holst, Gustav : The Planets, Op. 32/H 125
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 48 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914-1916

>Strauss, Richard : Don Juan, Op. 20
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 17 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1888-1889