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  • Audio CD (31 Dec. 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc Classical
  • ASIN: B000003D2R
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I. Mars, The Bringer Of War
2. II. Venus, The Bringer Of Peace
3. III. Mercury, The Winged Messenger
4. IV. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity
5. V. Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age
6. VI. Uranus, The Magician
7. VII. Neptune, The Mystic

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. Burns on 5 Feb. 2010
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I bought this version of the Planets based on Radio 3 Building a Library recommendation and it hasn't disappointed. Mars is shattering, Jupiter soaring, Mercury sumptuous. I cannot vouch for the technicalities of the recording but the depth and range sound great on my mere consumer level equipment. So try something different. This is a lovely recording, as recommended by Radio 3.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James on 8 Feb. 2011
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If you want the best recordings, then its got to come from the Telarc Label, as always this recording is at its best
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Quite good, but not the best 15 May 2000
By Hyacinth Tucker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I bought this to replace a CD of a Bernstein interpretation from 1976 that somehow vanished. I like it quite a bit, but it's not my old Bernstein. Mars is a little slow and cluttered toward the end, and lacking the organ that really set the tone for me. Also, it was a little too legato in the louder portions. Jupiter also seemed to drag some. Saturn is really beutiful and haunting, though. Overall, it's grown on me. The Bernstein performance I had is out of print now and I can't find it anywhere, but I'm not disappointed by the replacement.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Alignment! 2 April 2002
By D. Seymour - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although it is a near impossibility to experience the explosion of Mars through your speakers the way you can in the concert hall, with this recording you come darn close. Levi's Mars has drive, menace and he evolves the lyrical elements with great aplomb. It will vibrate you! Venus is is a welcome respite: feminine, soft, and soothing. Mercury launches itself back into the fray like a caffeine injection. Jupiter, the crown jewel of The Planets, is an absolute joy. The opening rise seems to shoot out of a cannon and the beautiful central hymn envelops as it builds to full strength. Saturn is both eerie and again transporting with its 'fate' themes. Then, after Uranus develops into a bombastic march, Neptune and the ethereal musing chorus will soothe you to sleep. Each of the planetary tone poems is its own unique entity and Levi's direction shows off Holst's masterpiece to the fullest. With Telarc's sonics and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's sound, The Planets will leave you with an unforgettable experience of musical whiplash.
13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The Best Planets You Can Buy 6 Jun. 2007
By Brian F Hudon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The first time I listened to this recording as a long time fan of The Planets, I was thrilled and startled. And why? I never imagined that this recording of this particular of music with this orchestra, would be this good.

-Mars, the Bringer of War, is paced by Levi better than perhaps any other recording that I have heard. It is a brisk pace, much like Leonard Bernstein's early 1970s account and not unlike Holsts 1926 London Symphony Orchestra version, conducted by the composer himself. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra brass section is more than up to the task. Telarcs engineering is second to none. Levi brings urgency to this Bringer of War all the way until the last bars of this opening movement.

-Venus the Bringer of Peace, is as tender as Mars is brutally mechanical and there is an intimacy made possible by Telarcs recording process which is pristine. Again, Atlanta and Levi are tasteful down to the last bars of music, nothing hurried and not a moment of music wasted.

-Mercury the Winged Messanger, again as Levi has shown demonstrated, continues in his ability to vary tempi to keep the music vibrant all while navigating Holst very difficult writing in this piece.

-Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity is the best recorded here of any I have ever heard. Levi takes all the right turns of tempo here, ecpecially about a minute into the movement when Levi finds and brings out Holst unusual writing and choice of tempo moving from slow to fast. The brass playing is exceptional. The central theme, the great English theme is emotionally rewarding, dignified, tasteful again, bringing about a great rise in emotion with rather restrained playing and avoids some of the pomp and heavy handedness that often come across in this theme. (Notably here there is a great balance between the chords in the brass, restrained timpani that do not overwhelm the strings.) The end is as brilliant as the beginning, Levi losing no intensity whatsoever.

-Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age, is chilling as one could expect. Holsts favorite movement. The woodwinds are as steady as a clock and suggest the cold passage of time. This is a very well thought out interpretation of Saturn in the solemn buildup to the center of this movement which peaks with the clear ringing of bells as if from some great grandfather clock, indicating that time itself might end. But the bells have rung and the sun rises bringing the movement to a peaceful end.

-Uranus the Magician, a dangerous and perhaps more frightening version of the Sorcerers Apprentice. Levis version has as much magic and darkness as you could ask for, and again, always, the Atlanta brass section is brilliant. And again Telarcs record engineering can shake the walls.

-Neptune, the Mystic, a musical painting of the infinite. Here, as in all the planets on this recording allows the listener to get inside the music. Turn this movement up in volume, the darkness and mysteryt is tangible, but yet again, even here, a sense of urgency, perhaps the urgency of the unanswered question of time and space as the wordless female chorus fades into the nothingness of silence.

This is a recording to own and if you only need to own one version of The Planets, this is definately the one to own. There are no other tag along pieces as The Planets needs none. No versions of Pluto. Holst did not write a Pluto. The recorded sound is exceptional, the performance is virtually flawless and the price is wonderful. Atlanta, Georgia and British space music right? Throw away the conventions about this piece and the hype about other well known recordings. Yoel Levi and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra captured lighting in a bottle with this recording session and I suspect that this recording will become a standard for many many decades. Buy it!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Audio problem with this recording? 6 Dec. 2000
By Inge Johnsson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I too like this performance, but the recording appears to be flawed. There is a constant pulsating very low rumble throughout the recording, which is very annoying. I do have a subwoofer in my setup, which of course aggravates the problem.
I also have Telarc's DTS sampler, and when I went back and listened to the sample there I now noticed that it has the same problem.
If you have a higher grade system with full range frequency response, I wouldn't recommend this recording for these reasons.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This copy is thrilling and enjoyable all the way through! 23 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've heard many other different copies of "The Planets," and this copy is the best out of all of them. The sound is very clear. Yoel Levi's interpretaions are solid, and the Atlanta Symphony really shows off their talant in this recording. This is the recording to buy!
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