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Holst: The Planets, St. Paul's Suite / Handley, RPO


Release Date: 10/14/2008 
Label:  Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog #: 28070   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 3 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"This is one of the first releases in a new series of popular works all performed by the RPO. They are new recordings using state of the art digital technology... The very bright sound shows all the subtleties of the scoring; you can visualise every speck of stardust at Mercury’s heels for instance. But sometimes this brightness diminishes a mood or atmosphere. ‘Neptune’, for example, loses some of its mysticism. A rather too closely recorded orchestra here does not help: Karajan has been much more successful in conveying a sense of floating mystery and remoteness. Another minor quibble: I would like to have heard a bit more attack from the trumpets in the middle of ‘Mars’. But there are strengths too. Handley is a wizard with Read more ‘Uranus’, ‘Jupiter’ is very jolly and ‘Venus’ beautiful and serene. The vivacious St Paul’s Suite is a bonus with its delightful ‘Intermezzo’ showing exotic Indian influences. This is an appealing introduction to Holst and hopefully the unusual marketing of this series will widen the audience for classical music."

-- Ian Lace, BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1. The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
Length: 47 Minutes 55 Secs. 
2. St. Paul's Suite for Strings, Op. 29 no 2/H 118 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Vernon Handley
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1913; England 
Length: 12 Minutes 38 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

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 Sonic marvels March 14, 2013 By Bevan Davies (Kennebunk, ME) See All My Reviews "All of the recordings from this label are remarkable for their engineering and solid performances. One only has to listen to the Jupiter section of The Planets to appreciate the depth and detail in these superb discs. And, for the price, I can recommend them." Report Abuse
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