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Holst: The Planets, Egdon Heath / Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 02/19/2002 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 89087   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gustav Holst
Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With some 50 recordings of The Planets currently catalogued, surely the market must be saturated; yet still they come. With so many other admirable Holst works, why can’t more record companies lower their telescopes as far as, say, The Cloud Messenger? Having said that, there is much to admire in Andrew Davis’s new recording which approaches the best. His ‘Mars’ is a growling war machine with a menacing tread towards a tremendous climactic chord overlooking the most horrific abyss. ‘Venus’ shimmers in cool ethereal beauty; the well-known central ‘Jupiter’ tune has great nobility here and ‘Uranus’ is a magician really to be reckoned with. The BBC Symphony Orchestra plays enthusiastically and is sharply incisive. The sound is truly Read more spectacular. The delivery and sound staging of the women’s chorus is excellent.

As ‘Neptune’ is remote, so too is the rather uncomfortable Egdon Heath, inspired by Thomas Hardy’s The Return of the Native. Davis makes you really feel its desolation and emptiness, relieved only, perhaps, by an occasional flight of birds, or wind and rain bending gorse and heather.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Ian Lace, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

1. The Planets, Op. 32/H 125 by Gustav Holst
Performer:  Sir Andrew Davis (Organ)
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1914-1916; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1993 
Venue:  St Augustine's Church, London, England 
Length: 50 Minutes 19 Secs. 
2. Egdon Heath, Op. 47/H 172 by Gustav Holst
Conductor:  Sir Andrew Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; England 
Date of Recording: 12/1993 
Venue:  St Augustine's Church, London, England 
Length: 13 Minutes 7 Secs. 

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