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Holst: The Planets / Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra [Original recording remastered]

William Steinberg Audio CD
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  • Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: William Steinberg
  • Composer: Richard Strauss, Gustav Holst
  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2013)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000056TKD
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,946 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Also sprach Zarathustra Op. 30 - Boston SO/Steinberg
2. The Planets Op. 32 - Boston SO/Steinberg

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CD Boston Sym.Orchestra/Steinberg

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5.0 out of 5 stars Holst And Strauss On The Edge Of Your Seat 24 Nov 2004
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William Steinberg made many classic recordings with the Pittsburgh Symphony in the 1950's and 1960's. Although he briefly directed the Boston Symphony towards the end of his career he made few recordings with them. What he lacked in quantity he made up in quality. That is very evident in these two stunning performances. Steinberg gives one of the most gripping and compelling performace of THE PLANETS ever recorded. Never is one on doubt that MARS is indeed the god of war here. Tempos are brisk but never rushed while quieter sections find Steinberg to be quite adept at bringing out Holst's subtle and nebulous details. All of those qualities he brings to Strauss'ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA and it results in a very fresh reading that avoids the plodding of many other performances of this work. Formerly on two lps both of these performances are now on one cd with very alive sound from DGG. If you tired of routine performances of these works at full price then Steinberg at midprice is the perfect antidote!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thirty-year-old treasure. 5 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
If you've followed the fortunes of the Boston Symphony Orchestra only casually, then you'll probably be thinking that, over the last half-century, this orchestra has had only two music directors: Charles Munch, followed by Seiji Ozawa. (If you were to go back yet another quarter-century, you'd throw in the name of Serge Koussevitsky.) But there was a decade, from the early 60's to the early 70's, when the BSO was led first by Erich Leinsdorf, a fine opera conductor whose strengths did not translate particularly well to the concert stage, and then by William Steinberg, who led it all too briefly for a few years (1969 - 1972). Regrettably, Steinberg made only a handful of recordings with the BSO, and this was probably his finest.
For me, Steinberg will best be remembered for his traversal of the Brahms symphonies on Enoch Light's Command Classics label, and for this Boston recording of Gustav Holst's "The Planets." Long a favorite piece of British music for me, I believe I've owned (or at least heard) all of the recorded performances by Sir Adrian Boult (long considered the "owner" of this work), as well as critically-acclaimed recordings by Bernard Hermann, Andre Previn, Sir Malcom Sargent and Leopold Stokowski. But this Steinberg performance immediately went to the top of my list when it first came out on LP thirty years ago. It has also been critically acclaimed by that all-too-British publication, the Penguin Guide, which seldom holds American recordings of British music in such high esteem, particularly when every British conductor of any merit whatsoever has recorded this work.
Now, with its reissuance as part of DGG's "The Originals" series, Steinberg's performance is back up there, on the top of my list, getting its fair amount of playing time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best. 1 Oct 2011
By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Is there a best version of Holst's magical suite, "The Planets"? No, of course not, the music is too rich and varied for any one version to be the "only" one to buy, but there are some very good ones indeed, and this recording on DG by the Boston Symphony directed by William Steinberg is one of the very best.

From the outset, with a terrific accent on the first beat of the lopsided 5 over 4 rhythm, "Mars, the Bringer of War" hurtles into terrifying action, and Steinberg maintains the pace, atmosphere, drama and romance of this wonderful music throughout the entire suite.

The Strauss performance too is excellent and together with the Holst this disc offers very good value.

The recording is first rate and shows little sign of its age. The only regret is that William Steinberg was appointed to the Boston Symphony too late in his career, by which time he was in poor health and had a very short tenure. Accordingly this disc is worth treasuring as a great memorial to a fine musician.

Highly recommended.
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