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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD AUDIO: Familiar, Hearty Planets w rarity Trumpeter
Is there any orchestra music lover anywhere, who has not yet heard the planets? I have for long, long years cherished the several versions recorded at one time or another by the late Sir Adrian Boult - who premiered the work - but the new Naxos version with the Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, need not suffer from hallowed comparisons. Perhaps...
Published on 4 July 2003 by drdanfee

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3.0 out of 5 stars Holst's The Planets on DVD-Audio
I read the reviews below for this but no-one mentions the key information on the back cover that says, " Recorded and edited in surround sound at 24-bit, 44.1Khz resolution."

CD is 44.1Khz 16 bit, SACD is 88.2 Khz DSD, and true DVD-Audio is either 96Khz or 192Khz 24 bit.

Obviously this recording does not do justice to the DVD-Audio format - it is a...
Published on 6 Mar. 2008 by H. T. M


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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD AUDIO: Familiar, Hearty Planets w rarity Trumpeter, 4 July 2003
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drdanfee "music fan aka drdanfee" (Berkeley, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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Is there any orchestra music lover anywhere, who has not yet heard the planets? I have for long, long years cherished the several versions recorded at one time or another by the late Sir Adrian Boult - who premiered the work - but the new Naxos version with the Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by David Lloyd-Jones, need not suffer from hallowed comparisons. Perhaps one starts out with this music, revelling in the large moments, rhythmed and swelling and soaring; only to later linger more and more often into musing about the brilliant innovations of the composer's use of the orchestra, along with less of the riot of life and more of the fading away into unfathomable, mysterious regions. In any case, the new CD ... and the new multichannel DVD audio disc release, even more so ... gives plenty to relish on both counts. While the 16-bit CD is bright and wide and clear; the dvd audio disc is multichannel and yields up that much more of everything except distortion. Particularly in dvd audio, often also available at a bargain Naxos price, one senses the care Holst seems to have lavished upon the orchestration of this musical extravaganza. He goes Berlioz and Rimsky-Korsakov one better, as it were, uniting his musical ideas with the very timbres of the solos and orchestra sections which play them. This must have been almost unbearably striking in 1916, so close by just a few years on the heels of the riot that premiered Stravinky's Rite of Spring in Paris, just a few years earlier. That the disk finishes with a genuine first, the recording of Holst's Mystic Trumpeter scena for soprano and orchestra, only reminds a listener once again that Naxos can lead the pack when it wants to do so. Bravo, again. Highly recommended for sound, performance, and repertoire. Put this right next to Sir Adrian Boult, on the keeper shelves. Yes, keeper. And if you have one of those fancy surround sound, home theater setups handy, put on the compatible dvd audio/dolby pressing to celebrate just how much music a good multichannel system can put out, in between those movies.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gustav would be proud of this!, 3 April 2003
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Mr. A. Bull "cresta3293" (Medway, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Holst: The Planets [DVD AUDIO] (DVD Audio)
This DVD Audio disc does great justice to Holst's most famous work. The sonic imaging of this disc cannot be faulted. Old favourites like 'Mars, bringer of war' have depth and emotion previously unavailable on traditional recordings.
'Jupiter' sings it's little heart out in a way those of you not familiar with live performances would not believe.
Overall The Planets is a 'must have' DVDA disc for any serious collector. When played back on a DVDA compatible player the results are outstanding. If you only have a DVD Video player, the playback via DTS is good - but nowhere near the quality of the DVDA track.
If you love your classics, buy this disc.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Holst's The Planets on DVD-Audio, 6 Mar. 2008
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H. T. M "1234" (uk) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Holst: The Planets [DVD AUDIO] (DVD Audio)
I read the reviews below for this but no-one mentions the key information on the back cover that says, " Recorded and edited in surround sound at 24-bit, 44.1Khz resolution."

CD is 44.1Khz 16 bit, SACD is 88.2 Khz DSD, and true DVD-Audio is either 96Khz or 192Khz 24 bit.

Obviously this recording does not do justice to the DVD-Audio format - it is a plain fact that it cannot because it does not have the resolution to do so.

I returned my copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Why?, 14 April 2008
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This review is from: Holst: The Planets [DVD AUDIO] (DVD Audio)
I could hear no evidence of this recording being in any way surround sound. I get better distribution of sounds using my amps' own surround sound on stereo mp3's! The majority of the sound appeared to come as a single block from my front 3 speakers. Maybe I'm spoiled after hearing Tubular bells 2003 on DVD Audio, that DVD recording is truly astonishing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... quick play last night and the recording is very good not over mixed like some classical recordings a very ..., 11 Jan. 2015
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had a quick play last night and the recording is very good not over mixed like some classical recordings a very good test for DVD-Audio format the forerunner to Blu-ray Audio. There is a live natural sound to this recording and a very dynamic sound with a surround that is subtle just giving a wide fuller stereo sound so you are not in the orchestra. Recorded and presented in 24.bit Audio with a cut of the same as CD but still showing the advantage of H.D sound on the D.V.D. Audio format this is one of the best peaces of music highly recommended.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of this world, 16 Jun. 2004
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M. Speakman "Mike Speakman" (Lincolnshire, England) - See all my reviews
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If you've got a 5.1 speaker system this is the DVD to play. The sound quality is very good. The graphics are a bit boring, but you buy it for the music.
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