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Holst: The Planets; Vaughan Williams: Fantasias / Slatkin


Release Date: 10/23/2001 
Label:  Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension Catalog #: 68018   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav HolstRalph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraNew London Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

As handsomely groomed a set of The Planets as one might have expected from the Philharmonia/Slatkin partnership. Thankfully, Holst's Allegro marking in "Mars" is adhered to, but the tingles come more from the considerable expertise of the orchestral playing and Slatkin's characteristically sensitive internal balancing (the baleful whine of tenor tuba, for example) than from any particular sense of terror. "Venus" is sophisticated and shapely (voluptuous rather than chaste), "Mercury" exquisitely dapper and light-of-foot.

-- Gramophone [1/1998]
As handsomely groomed a set of The Planets as one might have expected from the Philharmonia/Slatkin partnership. Thankfully, Holst's Allegro marking in "Mars" is adhered to, but the tingles come more from the considerable expertise of the orchestral playing and Slatkin's characteristically sensitive internal balancing (the baleful whine of tenor tuba, for example) than from any particular sense of terror. "Venus" is sophisticated and shapely (voluptuous rather than chaste), "Mercury" exquisitely dapper and light-of-foot.

-- Gramophone [1/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1. The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New London Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
2. Fantasia on Greensleeves by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; England 
3. Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1910/1919; England 

Sound Samples

Mars - The Bringer of War
Venus - The Bringer of Peace
Mercury - The Winged Messenger
Jupiter - The Bringer of Jollity
Saturn - The Bringer of Old Age
Uranus - The Magician
Neptune - The Mystic
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

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