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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is probably the best Recording available
Holst's Planets Suite is unique as a collection of pieces....Written in the Romantic style ,tt is one of those "Sit and Listen To"
Compositions, that evoke much deep thought. Considering approximately how long Holst took to Compose the suite - just
over two years..it should have a place in anyone's collection. ( I Ordered "2" copies, 1...
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heartless and hurried
There used to be a time when I would put blind trust in the reviewers of The Gramophone, but nowadays their judgment (or their hearing?) appears to be increasingly impaired. Last month they cursorily dismissed the glorious new recording of Bruckner 8 that Thielemann made in Dresden; this month they had as an 'Editor's choice' this pretty awful reading of The Planets, that...
Published on 20 Nov. 2010 by MartinP


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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Heartless and hurried, 20 Nov. 2010
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MartinP "MartinP" (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Holst: The Planets Suite (Audio CD)
There used to be a time when I would put blind trust in the reviewers of The Gramophone, but nowadays their judgment (or their hearing?) appears to be increasingly impaired. Last month they cursorily dismissed the glorious new recording of Bruckner 8 that Thielemann made in Dresden; this month they had as an 'Editor's choice' this pretty awful reading of The Planets, that is about as subtle as a sledgehammer demolishing a slab of reinforced concrete. True, this may not be the most refined of musical compositions, but it contains a lot more nuance and feeling than Jurowski gets out of it, who doesn't seem to know that there are dynamic possibilities quieter than mezzoforte, or tempos slower than Andante con moto.

Which is to say that everything in this Planets is loud and fast. Jurowski careens through the piece in almost ten minutes less time than Dutoit took in his classic reading. This works to some extent in the fast movements, that acquire a superficial sense of excitement and orchestral brilliance, but it robs Mars of its menace, and it ruins the poetry of Venus (marked Adagio but taken as a swift Andante); gone, too, are the majesty of Jupiter, the gloominess of Saturn and the mystery of Neptune - the latter, with its many guirlandes, sounding ridiculously matter of fact, almost like a study. The chorus is fine and well distanced but their hurried eighth notes sound muddled and there is no fade out at the end, they just stop.

The recording is harsh and unforgiving to match, shrill at the top end and lacking in ambiance and warmth. Occasionally an interesting detail leaps out (the left-right division of the violins is nice), but the organ goes for nothing, even in the insane glissando at the end of Uranus; and the bells in Saturn first sound like an ill-tuned harp, and then go inaudible when the metal striker is replaced with a felt one. If you want your Planets loud and fast and superficially sensational, you might consider this; if you want to get in touch with the undoubted feeling and poetry behind many of these notes, going for Dutoit, Gardiner or Andrew Davis is a much wiser choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is probably the best Recording available, 20 Nov. 2014
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Holst's Planets Suite is unique as a collection of pieces....Written in the Romantic style ,tt is one of those "Sit and Listen To"
Compositions, that evoke much deep thought. Considering approximately how long Holst took to Compose the suite - just
over two years..it should have a place in anyone's collection. ( I Ordered "2" copies, 1 for me, and "1"for our ( Nine year Old
Grand daughter) who is learning the Violin....again, Amazon delivered on time....and it is a comparatively New recording....this
is probably the best Recording available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 4 Jan. 2015
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Excellent version of Holst's epic work, beautifully played and conducted!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing sound., 12 Mar. 2014
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The sound and quality are fantastic. The CD music reference notes are good without being too lengthy. Would definitely recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every player needs this, 17 Feb. 2015
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Old favourite.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 43 minutes of bad performance, 8 Jun. 2012
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That's really bad CD for Holst - The Planets suit. The recording is faster than usual and you don't enjoy the actual Holst brilliance and talent. Not only that, it's only 43 minutes without any extras.
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5.0 out of 5 stars holst, 10 Feb. 2015
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Just as I expected brilliant Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holst The Planets Suite, 22 Jan. 2015
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Very enjoyable music to listen to
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bowel Shattering, 9 Mar. 2014
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A suite of music that lifts you beyond the confines of eyesight and into the magnificence of your imagination
Close your eyes and be propelled through time and space as you visit each of the planets and consume the characteristics and atmosphere translated through the medium of music. I consumed two bottles of fine wine throughout my sitting as I was transported to the cornucopia of delight itself. Fantastic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planets suite, 5 Mar. 2014
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I bought this CD as my grandson is learning to play the theme from Jupiter on the piano so I wanted him to hear it properly as past of the Planets Suite. The CD is good value and well recorded.
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