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Gustav Holst, of Scandinavian ancestry on his father’s side, was born in the English spa town of Cheltenham in 1874 and studied music at the Royal College in London, using his second study, the trombone, to provide an income. He later became director of music at St Paul’s Girls’ School, retaining this connection until the end of his life. His music had a variable reception in ... Read more in Amazon's Gustav Holst Store

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  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Composer: Gustav Holst
  • Audio CD (6 May 2003)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: LSO Live
  • ASIN: B000063DQJ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  1. The Planets, Op. 32: I. Mars The Bringer Of War 6:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
  2. The Planets, Op. 32: II. Venus The Bringer Of Peace 8:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
  3. The Planets, Op. 32: III, Mercury The Winged Messenger 3:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
  4. The Planets, Op. 32: IV, Jupiter Bringer Of Jollity 7:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
  5. The Planets, Op. 32: V. Saturn The Bringer Of Old Age 8:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
  6. The Planets, Op. 32: VI. Uranus The Magician 5:41£0.79  Buy MP3 
  7. The Planets, Op. 32: VII. Netune The Mystic 6:27£0.79  Buy MP3 

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The Planets became one of the most popular and widely recognised musical works of the 20th century. Holst himself conducted the LSO in two early recordings of his masterpiece. Sir Colin Davis's blazing performance, recorded over three evenings in June 2002, promises to be one of the classical releases of the year.

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'Colin Davis, as might be expected, has no problems, conjuring like Uranus the Magician, the full panoply of atmosphere, stillness and energy from the vitruoso LSO'
-- Daily Telegraph

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137 of 140 people found the following review helpful By Squonk on 4 Mar. 2004
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I have loved 'The Planets' since a young child, but there has been a problem since then: No recording of this work has quite lived up to the Dynamic i remember experiencing when i heard this music played live at the Liverpool Philharmonic.
The digital format raised hopes, but did not deliver. I have heard numerous recordings on vinyl and CD, played by orchestras from many countries. The best version i had was an 80's LSO recording, until this came along...
The Direct Stream Digital recording medium and an awesome performance by the current LSO makes me feel i have come home; THIS is the one! This CD is simply the best quality recorded performance of The Planets i have ever heard, it is breathtaking in it's scope.
Mark
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By little al on 6 Feb. 2012
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I was searching for an album of the planets for quite a while,nothing struck me at all then I spotted this particular album and the name sir colin davis a name I new from a long way back when he was not "sir" an experimental album with a group called Deep Purple, I listened to a few excerpts and I decided to purchase what a delight sound quality excellent
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By D. Bennett on 18 Feb. 2006
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Every time you listen to this CD you will be amazed at the quality of it. Excellent playing from the orchestra under the experienced direction of Davis- he makes the music shine; flexible and powerful playing from the LSO. The recording is surely demonstration quality; you cannot listen to the start of "Mars" - or any other section of the set -and not be amazed by the clarity of the sound.
For the price, this is an excellent set; it remains one of the best even compared to rivals that cost much more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. Holt on 30 April 2011
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I used to have a copy of the planets as covered by the Berlin symphony orchestra. Unfortunately I lost it so I bought this one and have to say what beautiful music this was. It was as good as the original one that I lost, the London symphony orchestra pulled off an absolute masterpiece here. Thoroughly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rose on 22 Aug. 2013
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Despite his name, Gustav Holst was born in Cheltenham in Gloucester. He had musical ancestors from the Balkans on his father's side of the family and an English mother of mainly British ancestry. He was a contemporary of other English composers such as Vaughan Williams and Samuel Coleridge Taylor and the Planet Suite is probably his most popular and well known work. Intended to be played as a complete orchestral work, it is composed of 7 movements relating to the astrological characters of the Planets of the Solar System other than our own planet Earth. He developed an interest Astrology in 1913 whilst on holiday and wrote his first 3 movements in 1914 - Mars (The Bringer of War), Venus (The Bringer of Peace) and Jupiter (the Bringer of Jollity). Later, in 1921, Holst adapted the melody of Jupiter to fit the poem "I Vow to Thee My Country" and this came to be a national anthem symbolising the cost of human life during the First World War. Although the timing of this composition appears to coincide with WW1 (1914-1918), Holst insisted that The Planet Suite was written from his Astrological interest alone and not influenced by the impending war.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By debhenri on 22 Oct. 2012
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Holst's Planet Suite has to rate high on the favourite list with many a classical music enthusiast. For me, it's one of those rare compositions which possesses personality as well as atmosphere.
Before buying, I dithered and dawdled over choosing a new recording (after accidentally scratching an old, quiet, and frankly mediocre version). But after reading all available reviews, I chose this one - and hoped! I am pleased to find that this is so very much better than my old CD, which is now used to scare rabbits from my Azaleas. Truly, this is a superior recording, such crisp yet warm sound.
I love turning the volume up ear-bustingly loud for Mars and Uranus.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Daneman VINE VOICE on 19 May 2004
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Early 20th-century British composer Holst had a Germanic name (he was of Latvian-Russian descent) but was deeply influenced by British folk music. Hence, his music is as rooted in English tradition as Vaughn Williams or Britten. His "Planets", a series of tone poems creates a symphonic work of great magnificence, and is very popular even with those who are not classic music buffs. It's often used for documentaries, film and and theatrical works for its evocative melodies and sonorous rhythms.
Never has this suite been more wonderfully recorded than by Colin Davis. Davis and the London Symphony avoid some of the cliche mannerisms of many recordings-- in "Jupiter" there is balance of the buoyant spirit with weightiness that never goes over the top.
Incidentally, there is a "Pluto" section composed by Colin Matthews (not on this recording) that was added after Holst's death to complete the solar system, Pluto not having been discovered during Holst's lifetime. An interesting bit of trivia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R.A.S. on 27 Feb. 2014
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This was the first classical record we were introduced to as children, very young children and I was blown away by it. To think a person translates his idea of planets into such sounds is impressive. One can disappear into the Universe with this music. He's even managed to bring emotion into those planets with his incredible musical version of them.
Incredible. You may not like all of them but please give it a chance and if you find one too much try another, personally I have a favourite planet myself, rather like one has a favourite track on a more modern genre CD or record.
Arrived in perfect condition and in the timescale promised.
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