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Holst: The Planets; Britten: Sinfonia Da Requiem / Rattle


Release Date: 06/10/2003 
Label:  Emi Classics Encore Catalog #: 75868   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav HolstBenjamin Britten
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraCity of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If you're looking for a budget Planets, Rattle's Philharmonia Orchestra recording made in 1980 in Kingsway Hall is tempting and quite well-recorded, but the real attraction of this disk is Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem made four years later in Birmingham, which remains one of the finest recordings ever made of the work.

-- Robert E. Benson, ClassicalCDReview.com [6/2003]
If you're looking for a budget Planets, Rattle's Philharmonia Orchestra recording made in 1980 in Kingsway Hall is tempting and quite well-recorded, but the real attraction of this disk is Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem made four years later in Birmingham, which remains one of the finest recordings ever made of the work.

-- Robert E. Benson, ClassicalCDReview.com [6/2003] Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
2.
Sinfonia da Requiem, Op. 20 by Benjamin Britten
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1940; England 

Sound Samples

The Planets - Suite H125 (Op. 32): 1. Mars, the Bringer of War (Allegro)
The Planets - Suite H125 (Op. 32): 2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace (Adagio)
The Planets - Suite H125 (Op. 32): 3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger (Vivace)
The Planets - Suite H125 (Op. 32): 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (Allegro giocoso)
The Planets - Suite H125 (Op. 32): 5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age (Adagio)
The Planets - Suite H125 (Op. 32): 6. Uranus, the Magician (Allegro)
The Planets - Suite H125 (Op. 32): 7. Neptune, the Mystic (Andante)
Sinfonia da Requiem Op. 20: I. Lacrymosa (Andante ben misurato) -
Sinfonia da Requiem Op. 20: II. Dies irae (Allegro con fuoco) -
Sinfonia da Requiem Op. 20: III. Requiem aeternam (Andante molto tranquillo)

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