Holst The Planets 180g LP Hi-Q
TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Classical
180g Audiophile Vinyl Cut from the Original EMI Stereo Analogue Master Tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
This classic recording from the golden era of André Previn and the London
Symphony Orchestra has been cut at EMI's Abbey Road Studios from the original
EMI master tapes and pressed on 180-gram vinyl.
Recorded at London's much missed Kingsway Hall on September 28 & 29, 1973.
Produced and engineered by the legendary EMI team of Christopher Bishop and
EMI made the recording in both stereo and quadraphonic, an early attempt at
surround sound for the now defunct SQ vinyl format. HiQ has used the stereo
master tapes, from which Borwick detected...benefits as definition...
"The solo violin part in "Venus" (and in "Mercury", for that matter) is
beautifully played. "Mercury" is a wonder of virtuosity, especially in the
strings, with great delicacy in both playing and recording." - GRAMOPHONE,
July 1974. John Borwick, Audio editor of Gramophone added: "Instrumental
timbre is excitingly realistic and the internal balance of the LSO would seem to
have been captured with great fidelity."
"We printed two letters from readers [May and June '11] about this Sept '73 Kingsway Hall production, issued by EMI in quadraphonic form: Q4 ASD3002. The contrast with Hi-Q's remastering is like night and day. One might argue that the women's chorus here is more corporeal than ethereal, yet the stereo stage information (not least at low levels) and dynamic impact confirm that this Planets surpasses all later recordings. It was easy to underestimate Previn's musicianship, given his tomfoolery with Morecombe and Wise, those Ferguson ads and popular Music Night programmes, but there's selfless dedication here, a wonderful sense of rapport." - Sound Quality 95/100!!! - www.hifinews.co.uk
Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original stereo analogue master tapes with the Neumann VMS82 lathe fed an analogue pre-cut signal from a specially adapted Studer A80 tape deck with additional ‘advance’ playback head, making the cut a totally analogue process.
Pressed on 180g vinyl to audiophile standards using the original EMI presses by The Vinyl Factory in Hayes, England.
• Hi-Q Records Supercuts 180g Vinyl
• Cut at Abbey Road Studios from the original EMI stereo analogue master tapes
• Superior Audiophile Pressing
• Features original album artwork
• Made in England
London Symphony Orchestra
André Previn, conductor
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
1. Mars. the Bringer of War
2. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
3. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
4. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
5. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
6. Uranus, the Magician
7. Neptune, the Mystic
Recorded at London's Kingsway Hall on September 28 & 29, 1973.