Gustav Holst - “The Planets” - Zubin Mehta
The Planets, Op. 32 by Gustav Holst
Los Angeles Master Chorale directed by Roger Wagner (B3)
Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta
1 LP, standard sleeve
Original analog Master tape : YES
Heavy Press : 180g
Record color : black
Speed : 33 RPM
Size : 12'’
Record Press : Pallas
Label : Speakers Corner
Original Label : Decca
Recording: April 1971 at Royce Hall, Los Angeles by James Lock and Colin Moorfoot
Enginereed by Colin Moorfoot & James Lock
Produced by John Mordler
Originally released in 1971
Reissued in 1998
Side A :
- Mars, The Bringer Of War - Allegro
- Venus, The Bringer Of Peace - Adagio
- Mercury, The Winged Messenger - Vivace
- Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity - Allegro Giocoso
Side B :
- Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age - Adagio
- Uranus, The Magician - Allegro
- Neptune, The Mystic - Andante
Rated a 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!
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 colouring 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.
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