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In a league of its own,
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This review is from: Holst: The Planets / Elgar: Enigma Variations (Audio CD)
Towering, majestic, commanding, bursting with passion and energy, these are thoroughly spirited performances of the Elgar variations and Holst's Planets, sublime recordings that are truly worthy of the EMI Classics logo. Part of their Great Recordings of the Century series, it provides welcome relief for escapees of the Classic FM "pop" culture, for connoisseurs of truly beautiful and complete classical interpretations.
Famous around the world, Elgar's supreme string control and intertwining themes, and Holst's magical woodwind and transcendent strident brass provide monumental templates that many subsequent composers have turned to for inspiration and reference.
These are not just any recordings, they are, in my opinion, the best recordings ever made of these works, and conducted by a legend - Sir Adrian Boult - who met and worked with both Elgar and Holst during his formative years. Boult's masterful control of large orchestra shines unrivalled in these recordings, and will leave you breathless in awe. You haven't heard The Planets if you haven't heard Boult's dramatic and legendary interpretation.