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4.0 out of 5 stars Boults best Planets, 19 Jan. 2012
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I must correct someone who said that this recording was in electronic stereo. It is'nt as a quick listen will tell. In my opinion,and I have many versions of this work in my collection,this is the finest,and better than Boults 1966 EMI issue. OK so the recording sounds best on speakers rather than headphones,when it sometimes smacks the ears. But all in all it is masterly,and at the price asked,a rare bargain.
To those of a certain age,when every town had one or two record shops,the Marble Arch record label will be familiar. This recording,which I suspect was made by PYE,was one of my first classical purchases,and its great to add it once again to my collection. Try it. You will be suprised at the quality of playing.
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Initial post: 15 Aug 2012 01:12:43 BDT
Bedinog says:
I only recently picked up this review and it appears it is my comment about 'electronic stereo' in one of the other reviews that you dispute. I have listened to this again using two different pairs of headphones and my opinion remains unchanged- there is definite separation of certain brass and percussion, but it is not consistent. there is a very interesting letter in the December 1992 Gramophone comparing this recording with the original Pye/Nixa, with reference to an earlier article in 1983. The 1992 letter can be found if you do an internet search quoting the recording, label and CD number. I can't give you the web link because that apparently breaches Amazon rules (why, I don't know). It gives a good background to the recording, and comes out in favour, as do most other references to it, of it being electronic stereo. What is certain is that it is not real stereo, and the inconsistency I mention is apparently a feature of 'fake stereo'.
You'll also see the Amazon product guide sugggests it is a stereo recording, which it isn't- not in the genuine sense.
Other than the difference of opinion in this particular matter, it seems we are agreed on the greatness of th performance.
It seems there's an excellent new remastering of this performance on the Heritage label, advertised elsewhere on Amazon. Whether it's worth shelling out for it is a matter of taste, but for the moment I'm happy with this one.
Best wishes

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Jun 2014 21:25:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 Jun 2014 21:27:56 BDT
Apparently the Heritage issue (Holst: The Planets, The Perfect Fool and Bax: Tintagel) has been transferred from an LP copy, so presumably the original reel-to-reel master tape cannot be located.
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