Gustav Holst - “The Planets” - Zubin Mehta
Gustav Holst - “The Planets” - Zubin Mehta
Gustav Holst - “The Planets” - Zubin Mehta
Gustav Holst - “The Planets” - Zubin Mehta

Gustav Holst - “The Planets” - Zubin Mehta

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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

Tracks :

Side A :

  1. Mars, The Bringer Of War - Allegro
  2. Venus, The Bringer Of Peace - Adagio
  3. Mercury, The Winged Messenger - Vivace
  4. Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity - Allegro Giocoso

Side B :

  1. Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age - Adagio
  2. Uranus, The Magician - Allegro
  3. Neptune, The Mystic - Andante



Rated a 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!

Reviews :

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.

Ratings :

Discogs 4,50 / 5  ,  Rate Your Music  4,11 / 5

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