Dutoit and his orchestra burst onto the scene with their famous recording of Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloë—not one of the great performances, to be honest, but it won raves in the UK. Almost none of his subsequent recordings of French music were all that special, but there were some genuinely fine performances mixed in with the dross. This was one of them. The Montréal orchestra, with its powerful but focused trombones and very French emphasis on clear texture and precise rhythms, was made for this music, and they play it as beautifully and powerfully as just about anyone ever has. Mars is implacable but not too slow, Jupiter is buoyantly joyful, and the slow movements (Venus, Saturn, Neptune) have just the right cool elegance. It’sRead more a wonderful performance, still among the best available.
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com [4/2011] Read less
Works on This Recording
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125by Gustav Holst Conductor:
Montreal Symphony Chorus,
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century Written: 1914-1916; England Date of Recording: 06/1986 Venue: St Eustache Church, Montreal Length: 52 Minutes 33 Secs.
The Planets, op.32: 1. Mars, the Bringer of War
The Planets, op.32: 2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
The Planets, op.32: 3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
The Planets, Op.32: 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
The Planets, op.32: 5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
The Planets, op.32: 6. Uranus, the Magician
The Planets, op.32: 7. Neptune, the Mystic
Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
The Best of the Bunch!!August 31, 2012By Richard Buckley (Oakmont, PA)See All My Reviews"This recording of Holst's Planets is definitely the best available. Dutoit brings out all of the subtle nuances of the exceptional score. I am familiar with several other offerings of this unique music, and while most of them are acceptable, this recording is the cream of the crop! Dutoit shouts where Holst calls for it, and whispers when it is appropriate. A fine CD and a bargain!"Report Abuse