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"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
‘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
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1914-1916; England
Length: 47 Minutes 55 Secs.
The Planets Suite Op. 32: I. Mars, the Bringer of the War
The Planets Suite Op. 32: II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
The Planets Suite Op. 32: III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
The Planets Suite Op. 32: IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
The Planets Suite Op. 32: V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
The Planets Suite Op. 32: VI. Uranus, the Magician
The Planets Suite Op. 32: VII. Neptune, the Mystic
St. Paul's Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 29, No. 2: I. Jig
St. Paul's Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 29, No. 2: II. Ostinato
St. Paul's Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 29, No. 2: III. Intermezzo
St. Paul's Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 29, No. 2: IV. Finale
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
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."