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  • Audio CD (May 1 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000041S7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,439 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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

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Holst: The Planets

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Charles Dutoit often sounds better on disc than he does live. The reason for this is simple: he loves to play to the audience, and the result is all kinds of wild gesticulating that the orchestra knows perfectly well to ignore. Sometimes they ignore him completely, to the peril of the performance at hand. In the studio, however, there is no audience and the conductor is free to focus on the music. Dutoit has a real affection for The Planets and his performance is vital, insightful, and recorded in resplendent digital sound. The Montreal Symphony has a particularly powerful trombone section, which adds just that extra drop of energy to "Mars,"Jupiter," and "Saturn." A fine disc. --David Hurwitz


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This is probably my alltime favorite orchestral work, and my most overplayed CD. The Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal does a superb job of interpreting Holst's most famous work.
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.
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The performance is quite good. I've listened to 2 other performances and this one has the most emotion. It's superbly conducted. The recording is top knotch with barely any hiss. You can ascertain the individual instruments in the recording and it sounds great on a good hifi system or good headphones. I highly recommend that you add this to your collection.
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I really enjoyed this rendition of the Planets. its Great. I read up a bit online before making my choice and I glad I chose this one.
The recording is clear and crisp, I loved the variation from slow to bombastic!
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The first composition that got me into classical music. This is one of the highest rated versions of The Planets. Jupiter is a favourite.
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