Holst: The Planets

Holst: The Planets

Media Type: VINYL x1
Performer: Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta
Label: Decca

+ Description

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. This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. More information under All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid. Recording: April 1971 at Royce Hall, Los Angeles by James Lock and Colin Moorfoot / Production: John Mordler

+ Tracks

A1 Mars, The Bringer Of War - Allegro
A2 Venus, The Bringer Of Peace - Adagio
A3 Mercury, The Winged Messenger - Vivace
A4 Jupiter, The Bringer Of Jollity - Allegro Giocoso

B1 Saturn, The Bringer Of Old Age - Adagio
B2 Uranus, The Magician - Allegro
B3 Neptune, The Mystic - Andante
Choir [Female Voices] – Los Angeles Master Chorale

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