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Holst: The Planets CD


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  • Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle
  • Audio CD (2 Nov. 1987)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000DR1O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,064 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Planets, Op. 32: 1. Mars, the Bringer of War (Allegro)Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 7:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Planets, Op. 32: 2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace (Adagio)Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 8:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Planets, Op. 32: 3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger (Vivace)Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Planets, Op. 32: 4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity (Allegro giocoso)Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 8:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Planets, Op. 32: 5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age (Adagio)Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 9:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Planets, Op. 32: 6. Uranus, the Magician (Allegro)Philharmonia Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle 6:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Planets, Op. 32: 7. Neptune, the Mystic (Andante)Philharmonia Orchestra/Ambrosian Singers/John McCarthy/Sir Simon Rattle 7:01£0.99  Buy MP3 

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By And/Burro on 28 Dec. 2010
Format: Audio CD
This CD by EMI[1981] is actually a very engaging recording of the Planets from Simon Rattle and the Philharmonia. In fact, the more you listen to it, the more mesmerizing it gets. It starts off with a very dramatic Mars, followed by a beautiful version of Venus and a lively account of Mercury. The big surprise is Jupiter at a slower tempo then I have certainly heard before, and yet it works very well indeed. The final three planets Saturn, Uranus and Neptune are also very enticing to listen to, thanks to the fine playing of the Philharmonia Orchestra. Actually, Simon Rattle has now done a recording of the Planets with the Berlin Philharmonic. In my opinion his Planets version with the Philharmonia will be a very hard one to beat.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colin the Bear on 27 Jun. 2012
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A very good recording, of a very good version, of a very good piece of music. I found a version of this, 35 or so years ago, in a friends album collection who was, like me into pop, rock and soul. "What on earth is this?" "Play it" he said. I did and was sold within the first 20 seconds. It opened a door into a world of music that I wouldn't have bothered with at the time. Serendipity.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Oct. 2000
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After reading a review that damned this interpretation by Simon Rattle I felt I had to come to the defence of this recording, in my humble opinion it is one of the best I have heard as it has more raw energy and feeling than several of the more costly recordings.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Rodney S. Newton on 19 Oct. 2010
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I think the problem with this, Simon Rattle's first recording of The Planets, lies in the way it is recorded, more than in the performance or the interpretation. The sound is diffuse and certain elements, such as the tense side drum entries in the eerie middle section of Mars, are completely inaudible, with some instruments curiously recessed so that their contribution is masked (the organ is a casualty in this respect). Mars gets off to a brisk start, but one misses the skeleton's bones rattle of the 'col legno' strings and the bite of the timpani played with wooden sticks. The sound seems bathed in reverberation with a distinct lack of clarity in the middle and low ranges. Venus is suitably tranquil, but the superb solo horn sounds as if it is played off-stage and is not part of the orchestra at all, whilst the solo violin sounds thin and undernourished (there's also a mis-tuned D sharp in the violins in the ninth bar of the Andante which should have been spotted and an alternative take selected). Mercury bustles away merrily, but the sound is diffuse and the important glockenspiel and timpani rhythms indistinct. In Jupiter the sound is hash and strident above a 'forte' and the brass 11 bars before the end is muddy in the extreme. Saturn sounds as if it has one foot in the grave already, whilst Uranus fails to deliver its tricks with conviction, again more to do with questionable balance. Neptune sounds suitably mystical, although for me there is too much 'daylight' between the swinging chords of the female voices at the end. I have little quarrel with the interpretation and the Philharmonia responds with its usual excellence, but for me, the recording is the problem. In my opinion, for a good, low-priced Planets one cannot do better than Boult/LPO on EMI or Handley/RPO on Alto.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. G. Williams on 8 Nov. 2013
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Great atmospheric music. Good listening at home, but especially good on a late night drive in the car.
Delivered on time. Good value for money.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By witch1 on 9 Feb. 2012
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I used to listen to this when I was at school, 40 odd years later I still like it. Just turn up the volume and sit & listen.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeanette Shepherd on 1 Nov. 2013
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Ok, it is what it is and at the end of the day when all's said and done, clichés aside, you get what you pay for. Arrangement is adequate, sound quality means I have to crank it up in the car to get any of the quiet nuances of the tracks, but it is the Planet Suite!
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