Holst: The Planets (Remastered) Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra & Zubin Mehta
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- Gustav Holst (1874 - 1934): The Planets, op.32:
- 11. Mars, the Bringer of War07:12
- 22. Venus, the Bringer of Peace08:09
- 33. Mercury, the Winged Messenger03:51
- 44. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity07:51
- 55. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age09:57
- 66. Uranus, the Magician05:40
- 77. Neptune, the Mystic07:06
Info for Holst: The Planets (Remastered)
Earth was not created in a day. And the same applies to Gustav Holst's interplanetary symphony which took him about three years to write. The composer employs a massive orchestra and rich orchestral coloring to portray each planet in his musical psychogram. Mars, the Bringer of War, rages with mechanical brutality, while Venus brings peace and an acceptance of life. Mercury, the Winged Messenger, darts here and there with quicksilver speed, while powerful and sovereign Jupiter brings jollity and reassurance. Saturn plods by with heavy tread, while Uranus with its contrasting changes in tempo remains enigmatic and extrovert. And because Pluto, the most distant planet had not yet been discovered, it is Neptune, the great unknown, which is lost in time and space in an endless ostinato of female voices. Zubin Mehta and the Los Angeles Philharmonic present this astronomical journey with precision and exhilaration, leaving neither time nor space for astrological speculation. As always, the excellent Decca recording quality guarantees an unimpeded view of this musical galaxy.
Early London/Decca Stereo Classical instrumental and chamber music recordings (1956-1963) contain some of the premient historical musical performances, many of which remain unequalled today. These reissued titles are very sought-after titles by collectors, never before available in a high-resolution digital format!
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta, conductor
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