- Audio CD (May 1 1987)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B0000041S7
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,246 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|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|
Mars, for example, with its wide dynamic range, beginning with a very low pianissimo and hitting its climax later (as this movement should), is captured with all the tension and intensity worthy of "The Bringer of War." I played this CD at work one time, and one of my passing co-workers quipped, "boy, this sounds like Star Wars." I don't think he was aware of how appropriate of a description it was!
I also need to mention the segue between Tracks 6 and 7, the transition between Uranus and Neptune. The change is barely perceptible. Uranus ends very quietly, and Neptune begins equally so -- almost to the point where I can't tell one from the other. I have to respect an ensemble that can make this transition in this manner.
Overall, this is a very enjoyable album. If you've never heard this work before, I'd tell you to begin here.