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A reading of imagination, beautifully played
on 21 March 2014
This was my very first digital record when it was first issued and I was bowled over by the sound from the very start with the menacing attack of Mars, even though then and now there are moments when I feel that the microphones are a little too close. This still remains one of my favourite accounts on cd, although Boult and Previn sound more idiomatic. Karajan brings a fresh imagination, beautifully conducted and beautifully played, and the sound still holds up well, although I would place the sound well behind the final Boult and the outstanding Dutoit versions. Uranus is particularly well interpreted, thrilling and colourful, but I have always found that the organ glissando on this disc sounds somewhat synthetic and to me it rather sounds as if it was patched on (though better than the first Rattle account with the Philharmonia where the organ disappears entirely from view). For me this remains the only disappointing point about this disc. Yet, there is so much magic elsewhere on this disc in Karajan's remarkable conducting and the wonderful playing of the BPO that it still, after all these years, continues to hold a special place in my collection....even though my clear first choice is Dutoit.