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Holst: the Planets Import

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  • Audio CD (8 April 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Delta
  • ASIN: B0001JZHC6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Andre Previn and Gustav Holst's The Planets... it shouldn't have worked. Previn, with his upbeat, razzamataz, flamboyance and his background in Jazz and writing film scores at MGM, hardly typified the conservative, reserved Englishman. Nonetheless, appearances can be deceiving... pudding-bowl hairstyle and floral shirts - sartorial calamities - aside, at the helm of a newly invigorated LSO, Previn stormed - yes, stormed - the concert halls of England confusing and confounding the old-guard by giving performances of considerable stature and brilliance. I have older relatives who witnessed Previn and the LSO - principal conductor from 1969-79 - in the flesh and he could do no wrong, in their eyes, as he encouraged the LSO to play with remarkable eloquence and intensity. And it's all here in this outstanding recording... Mars is relentless in its attacking insistent rhythmic power. Mercury's rhythms are sprung with delicacy and precision, and the same goes for Uranus with its sparkling percussion. Jupiter's big theme positively sings under Previn's baton, the strings soar to the very heavens and Neptune is hauntingly atmospheric as it soars into the ether. Not a recording out to impress with a distorted view of orchestral perspectives, this is a naturally balanced recording - no gimmicks. The equal of Boult's EMI London Philharmonic recording, and that's praise indeed!
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Probably the best recording ever of this unique and evocative masterpiece.
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This is exceptional and recorded at a time when Previn and the LSO were unmatched by almost any other orchestra. Superbly recorded. Dutoit seemed to have the accolade for some time but there is something artificial about the performance by him, almost too perfect to be true, even though the recording is pretty spectacular. EMI top - drawer engineering at its finest and some outstanding orchestral playing. The horn solo in Venus is sublime, one is willing the player to stay on the note and he does so with impeccable control, the strings here are just as burnished. Mars builds up to a shattering climax and there are delights and rewards throughout the performance.
I have this also on the HiQ LP version and, in comparison to the CD, it has the edge and the pressing is immaculate. It has been through a few editions over the years and I await the XRCD version to see if there is anything to be gained, i'll post a review in due course.
Nonetheless, even in its original format there is nothing to be criticised, it is indeed a matchless performance.
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In a crowded field, this recording still holds its own because I think its place in the series of fine LPs made by Previn and the LSO in the 1970s which took the orchestra (memorably) to Salzburg where its playing, especially the strings, stunned German audiences and challenged the mighty Berlin Philharmonic. In fact the hot ticket then was Previn not Karajan!

While the Rachmaninov will never go out of print, I must say despite being a well engineered analogue recording for vinyl (Bishop/Parker) this Planets has never really impressed me. But this is purely a personal view. It is a solid performance, but ultimately lacks the sheer sonic punch of say Boult/EMI or Metha/DECCA(Los Angeles Phil), the nimble rhythmic touch ("Mercury" unequalled) of the famous Sargent/BBC Symphony/EMI recording where the "Mars" has never been equalled in my view, or sheer musical beauty of Karajan's later digital recording with the Berlin Phil on DG.
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