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Zubin Mehta conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra for this audiophile
recording of Holst's The Planets.
"Holst's 1916 masterpiece is a paragon of orchestral splendor and majesty ...an audiophile spectacular ...the ORG is cleaner, sharper, airier, deeper, and more "there" than the London original... The brass glow a deeper gold, the strings are silkier and warmer, on the ORG vinyl." - Mark Lehman, The Absolute Sound, December 2013
"The scoring of the Planets is rich and extravagant (quadruple wood-wind,
enormous brass and a percussion section requiring three players, not to mention
such exotic additions as bass flute, bass tuba and organ) and yet the sound is
always clear and transparent. There are two other ingredients to add to this
formula - melodic invention and a great sense of rhythm. Holst had these in
plenty. If his methods seemed novel during his life-time they have become
commonplace since - but never dull.
"The suite opens with Mars, the Bringer of War with its relentless, hammering
five four rhythm. The movement is in simple ternary form. Brass dominates in the
tremendous build-up and release of forces....
"Venus, the Bringer of Peace is also the goddess of love and Holst allows his
music more sensuality than elsewhere. Gone are the harsh pounding rhythm and
snarling brass. They are replaced by serenity and coolness...
"Mercury, the Winged Messenger is a symphonic scherzo of unparalleled lightness
and volatility. The effect is obtained by mixing tonalities and time signatures.
The distant keys of B flat and E are juxtaposed and there is a constant mixture
of triple and duple time...
"Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity comes as a contrast to the vapid Mercury, with
its boisterous dances and broad hymn tune...The king of gods would surely have
been pleased with such a regal anthem...
"Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age is Holst at his deepest and most intensely
personal. It is an excursion into cold and dreary open spaces so often explored
right up to the end of his life. The syncopated oscillations between two
dissonant chords seem to be borrowed from Schoenberg while the slow melody of
the double basses surely epitomizes senescence itself...
"Uranus, the Magician: Trumpets and trombones blare out a portentous invocation,
echoed by tubas and timpani. Bassoons are next on the scene to establish the
piece's galumphing 6/4 gate...
"Neptune, the Mystic: This is real music of the stars - free from all earthly
sentiment. It is a vision of remote beauty and ideal perfection. Silvery sounds
unfold yet without the remotest suggestion of a theme to disturb the spiritual
concentration. There is constant shifting of harmony and changing tone colour.
The icy tinkling of celesta and glockenspiel and the wordless, disembodied
female chorus which floats over and around the closing pages were later (some 35
years later) to find their way into Vaughan Williams' Sinfonia Antarctica. There
is, and can be, no end to this music - it fades away but cannot die: it is as
infinite as space itself and as intangible as the most distant parts of the
subconscious." - from liner notes
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Los Angeles Master Chorale (D-2)
Dr. Roger Wagner, music director
The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
Zubin Mehta, conductor
Gustav Holst (1874-1934)
The Planets - suite
1. I. Mars, the Bringer of War - Allegro
2. II. Venus, The Bringer of Peace - Adagio
1. III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger - Vivace
2. IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity - Allegro giocoso
1. V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age - Adagio
1. VI. Uranus, the Magician - Allegro
2. VII. Neptune, the Mystic - Andante