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Holst: The Planets & The Perfect Fool / Stern, Kansas City Symphony


Release Date: 10/11/2019 
Label:  Reference Recordings   Catalog #: 146  
Composer:  Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Charles BruffyMichael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony OrchestraKansas City Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Reference Recordings proudly presents Holst’s best known and beloved works in an outstanding interpretation from Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony. This release was recorded in the beautiful and acoustically acclaimed Helzberg Hall, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. It was produced by David Frost, six-time winner of the Classical Producer of the Year GRAMMY® award. It was recorded by RR’s engineering team, comprised of GRAMMY® winning engineer and Technical Director Keith O. Johnson, and multi-GRAMMY® nominated engineer Sean Martin. This is the seventh in Reference Recordings’ series with Kansas City Symphony. Previous albums are "Shakespeare’s Tempest"; the Grammy® Award-winning "Britten’s Read more Orchestra"; an Elgar/Vaughan Williams project; "Miraculous Metamorphoses"; an all-Saint-Saëns album featuring the magnificent Organ Symphony, and the music of contemporary American composer Adam Schoenberg (nominated for two Grammy® Awards).

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REVIEW:

Top quality sound supports a superb performance by Michael Stern and the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra, pulling out all the stops in each of Holst's seven visits to the then known planets: Mars is given a massively bellicose sound and is then followed by a transparently crystalline Venus and on through a fleeting Mercury, a hyper-active Jupiter, a sulking Saturn, a mystical Uranus and a riveting Neptune that fades off into eerie infinity. The accompanying Perfect Fool ballet music is vintage Edwardian fluff – charming though it is. Outstanding.

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Works on This Recording

1.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Charles Bruffy,  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra,  Kansas City Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
2.
The Perfect Fool, Op 39/H 150 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Michael Stern
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kansas City Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: England 

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