This recording of The Planets with Sir Adrian Boult was my introduction to the composer, the piece, and to the conductor. The LP was one of those memorable moments in our lives that are remembered as a spark, a tweak, to our conciousness...a bit of enlightenment and growth that will change us forever. I cut my teeth so to speak with this lovely old record.
Over the years, many more recordings of this work have made their way into my collection, and some of those have been truly wonderful renditions, accompanied by great sound, etc. They hold their own place in my mind and on my shelves, rightly as they should. But, this 1966 recording, even with its problems, has always held a special place in my heart. Of course, one of those more recent recordings was the one in ---- by Sir Adrian himself, and it holds great sway as his final thoughts on the work, and also the level of perfection in playing and engineering, and for that it necessarily tops this one out. This one under review, though, gives us a more energetic, animated documentation from a younger Boult that is undeniably the more exciting...even with a flub and some rough playing.
This will not want to be your only choice for a recording of this great work, but a great many like myself will always want this beautiful gem, even with a bad facet or two, at hand because of the way it shines in spite of itself.
The search for this recording, btw, was a very long and frustrating one. Perseverance prevails, however, and I recently found that it had been transferred to cd, pictured here. Somehow, considering the beautiful cover of my original LP, the cover here just doesn't lend itself as a connection to this lovely old recording.
The remainder of this cd contains Andre Previn's beautiful recordings of Holst's The Perfect Fool ballet suite, and Egdon Heath, neither bested by anyone in the catalogue. For this reason, consider this set, you will get this wonderful old Boult Planets included! And, it really doesn't get much better ...with a rating of 5 (by me, understand), than this!
Highly recommended, and relatively hard to locate, so you may not want to delay!