on 9 August 2015
Superb UNTIL the end of Neptune where the heavenly choir is meant to drift off to nothing - magical and essential to do that. For some stupid idiotic reason the conductor has elected to cut off the chorus and move straight on to the specially written piece by a contemporary composer which clashes badly in style with what precedes it and completely ruins the listening experience of what Holst wrote. What a pity as the suite is so brilliantly played, wonderfully recorded and interestingly filmed. The modern piece is quite good in it's own right but is not a substitute for the magical fading ending to Neptune which Holst so carefully scored - just listen to the Proms 2015 performance with BBCSO and Maalki to hear how it should sound albeit just a tad long fade out.