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So what can I really say? The Dutoit has held off all challengers for more than a decade now. To mention just a few of the major contenders, the EMI Previn has that slight touch of distortion that I was never able to completely listen around either on LP or CD (but others rave about--to each his or her own, I guess), the Telarc Previn is tremendous in terms of sound quality but the performance is a bit bland, the DGG Levine/Chicago reading had its exciting moments but was a bit too sloppy overall, and the DGG Gardiner just sounded too bright to these ears.
The Slatkin is the first recording/performance combination to equal the Dutoit overall in my experience. I very slightly prefer the sound of the Slatkin, but I also very slightly prefer the vocal sonority of the women's choir on the Dutoit in the last movement to the children's choir on the Slatkin.Read more ›
Earth being excluded and Pluto yet not discovered, the seven planets would bare original character traits associated with the planets. Mars, the bringer of war starts off thunderously. Venus, the bringer of peace a nostalgic glance with his infatuation with Wagner. Mercury, the winged messenger submerged completely in impressionism, everything is dabs and dashes of sounds. Jupiter, the bringer of jollity, Holst's love of english folksong and dance would be adapted for a patriotic hymn. Saturn, the bringer of old age a procession that winds unrelentlessly. Uranus, the magician a nightmarish version of Dukas' The Sorcerer's Apprentice. Neptune, the mystic is pure impressionism, a blank picture, all atmosphere...one of the most awe inspiring intimations of the infinite. It ends hauntingly with the receding voices of the Montreal's women chorus.
I've hear several recordings of the planets :
This one (almost perfect)
Adrian Boult recording (not my favourite)
And some others (Mehta,Previn,Levine..)
I absolutely love this recording.
Mars feels just right,Venus is beautiful (one of the passages i use to rate the planets is the solo violins of Venus,so delicate on this version..), Mercury and Neptune(i always thisnk i'm in a spaceship when i hear Neptune, and with this recording i'm there) are fantastic.
I still think that there is a best Jupiter out there : Sir Neville Marriner with the Royal Concertgebow Orchestra (hear it, really, its perfect, it's the one with Pomp and Circumstance Marches 1 and 4 on the CD)
Overall this is the best recording of the Planets, and if i had to have only one it will be this one.
Thanks for your attention.
Holst: The Planets
Just a note about the sonics. Even though this is an early CD release, it's remarkably warm and was made years prior to the volume wars in today's mastering. I'm sure this will be remastered at some point but hold onto this one until you hear it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have lived with the discograpy from Holst’s own recording to the current crop. Dutoit’s performance on this recording is simply flat, uninspired and distinctly “un-magical. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shakespeare
Considering that I am a musician and lifelong audiophile with extremely eclectic taste and a library of over a thousand high quality recordings, I rarely write reviews. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BML Southwest
I have had multiple iterations of "The Planets" over the years and this is my favorite. Maestro Dutoit "gets it".Published 2 months ago by Simon-Sez