7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 18 June 2008
For less than a tenner, this is great value!
PERFECT sound quality, full symphony orchestras & some of the finest Classical ever written!
Gustav Holst was a genius and I'd recommend the Planets Suite as THE very best place for the Classically curious to start.
Conducted here by Zubin Mehta, and brought to vivid life by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Master Chorale.
Movements such as Mars, Jupiter, Saturn & Uranus are some of the most powerful/intense ever written - and even the lighter moments of Mercury, Venus and Neptune (spinechilling) are intoxicating! This music has probably influenced more movie score composers than anything else; Mars (Hans Zimmer/Gladiator's Battle Scene & John Williams/Star Wars) and Neptune (Jerry Goldsmith/Alien). Trust me, as you listen, you'll think "hang on, wasn't this in You Only Live Twice etc..."
Speaking of John Williams, you also get the Star Wars-A New Hope, Main Title Theme and the Close Encounters Of The Third Kind Suite, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Star Wars, we've heard many times, but the CE3K Suite is a beautifully majestic & haunting piece that deserves to be praised more often!
As I say, GREAT VALUE, and it does not feel like a budget release.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 6 November 2009
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the whole production on this budget price CD.
Great music to include the Close Encounters and Star Wars suites which seem to blend very well with The Planets. Recommended.