The List

Holst - The Planets (Dutoit, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, 1986) 1. Charles Dutoit, Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, 1986
Holst - The Planets (Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1979) 2. Seiji Ozawa, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1979
Holst - The Planets (Elder, Hallé Orchestra, 2001) 3. Mark Elder, The Hallé Orchestra, 2001
Holst - The Planets (Sargent, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1958) 4. Sir Malcolm Sargent, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1958
Holst - The Planets (Holst, London Symphony Orchestra, 1926) 5. Gustav Holst, London Symphony Orchestra, 1926
Holst - The Planets (Goodman, New Queens Hall Orchestra, 1996) 6. Roy Goodman, New Queens Hall Orchestra, 1996
Holst - The Planets (Litton, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 1997) 7. Andrew Litton, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, 1997
Holst - The Planets (Davis C, Berliner Philharmoniker, 1988) 8. Sir Colin Davis, Berliner Philharmoniker, 1988
Holst - The Planets (Groves, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1987) 9. Sir Charles Groves, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1987
Holst - The Planets (Boult, Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra, 1954) 10. Sir Adrian Boult, Philharmonic Promenade Orchestra, 1954
Holst - The Planets (Mehta, LAPO, 1971) 11. Zubin Mehta, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, 1971
Holst - The Planets (Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, 1971) 12. Leonard Bernstein, New York Philharmonic, 1971
Holst - The Planets (Boughton, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1988) 13. William Boughton, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1988
Holst - The Planets (Levine, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1990) 14. James Levine, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1990
Holst - The Planets (Stokowski, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, 1956) 15. Leopold Stokowski, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, 1956
Holst - The Planets (Judd, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1991) 16. James Judd, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1991
Holst - The Planets (Handley) 17. Vernon Handley, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1993
Holst - The Planets (Davis A, The Toronto Symphony, 1986) 18. Andrew Davis, The Toronto Symphony, 1986
Holst - The Planets (Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra, 1987) 19. Richard Hickox, London Symphony Orchestra, 1987
Holst - The Planets (Marriner, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 1978) 20. Sir Neville Marriner, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, 1978
Holst - The Planets (Greenburg, The European Philharmonic Orchestra, 1993) 21. Hymisher Greenburg, The European Philharmonic Orchestra, 1993
Holst - The Planets (Lizzio The Festival Orchestra, 1993) 22. Alberto Lizzio, The Festival Orchestra, 1997
Holst - The Planets (Mayfair Philharmonic Orchestra, 2014) 23. Mayfair Philharmonic Orchestra, 2014
Holst - The Planets (Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 2010) 24. Vladimir Jurowski, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 2009
Holst - The Planets (Slatkin, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1996) 25. Leonard Slatkin, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1996
Holst - The Planets (Simon, London Symphony Orchestra, 1986) 26. Geoffrey Simon, London Symphony Orchestra, 1986
Holst - The Planets (Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1998) 27. Yoel Levi, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, 1998
Holst - The Planets (Boult, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1945) 28. Sir Adrian Boult, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1945
Holst - The Planets (Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra, 1975) (Classical Navigator) 29. Eugene Ormandy, Philadelphia Orchestra, 1975
Holst - The Planets (Hurst, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 1974) 30. George Hurst, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, 1974
Holst - The Planets (Stokowski, NBC Symphony Orchestra, 1943) 31. Leopold Stokowski, NBC Symphony Orchestra, 1943
Holst - The Planets (Boult, New Philharmonia Orchestra, 1967) 32. Sir Adrian Boult, New Philharmonia Orchestra, 1967
Holst - The Planets (Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra, 1979) 33. Sir Alexander Gibson, Scottish National Orchestra, 1979
Holst - The Planets (Boult, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1978) 34. Sir Adrian Boult, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1978
Holst - The Planets (Previn, London Symphony Orchestra, 1974) 35. André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra, 1974
Holst - The Planets (Davis A, BBC Philharmonic, 2010) 36. Sir Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic, 2010
Holst - The Planets (Elder, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, 1999) 37. Mark Elder, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, 1998
Holst - The Planets (Mackerras, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, 1988) 38. Sir Charles Mackerras, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, 1989
Holst - The Planets (Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, 1961) 39. Herbert von Karajan, Wiener Philharmoniker, 1961
Holst - The Planets (Rattle, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1981) 40. Sir Simon Rattle, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1981
Holst - The Planets (Hilary Davan Wetton, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1989) 41. Hilary Davan Wetton, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1989
Holst - The Planets (Sir Malcolm Sargent, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1965) 42. Sir Malcolm Sargent, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1965
Holst - The Planets (Pople, London Festival Orchestra, 1991) 43. Ross Pople, London Festival Orchestra, 1991
Holst - The Planets (Loughran, Hallé Orchestra, 1975) 44. James Loughran, Hallé Orchestra, 1975
Holst - The Planets (Jarvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 2009) 45. Paavo Järvi, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 2009
Holst - The Planets (Susskind, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, 1975) 46. Walter Susskind, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, 1975
Holst - The Planets (Previn, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1986) 47. André Previn, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 1986
Holst - The Planets (Steinberg, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1970) 48. William Steinberg, Boston Symphony Orchestra, 1970
Holst - The Planets (Solti, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1978) 49. Sir Georg Solti, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1978
Holst - The Planets (Adrian Leaper, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, 1995) 50. Adrian Leaper, Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria, 1995
Holst - The Planets (Oundjian, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 2011) 51. Peter Oundjian, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 2011
Holst - The Planets (Haitink (London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1970) 52. Bernard Haitink, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1970
Holst - The Planets (Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, 2006) 53. Sir Simon Rattle, Berliner Philharmoniker, 2006
Holst - The Planets (Saccani, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, 2003) 54. Rico Saccani, Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra, 2003
Holst - The Planets (Gardiner, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1994) 55. Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1994
Holst - The Planets (Leaper, CSR Symphony Orchestra Bratislava, 1988) 56. Adrian Leaper, CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava), 1988
Holst - The Planets (Sargent, London Symphony Orchestra, 1954) 57. Sir Malcolm Sargent, London Symphony Orchestra, 1954
Holst - The Planets (Hughes, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 2005) 58. Owain Arwel Hughes, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, 2005
Holst - The Planets (Lloyd-Jones, RSNO, 2001) 59. David Lloyd-Jones, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, 2001
Holst - The Planets (Mata, Dallas Symphony, 1987) 60. Eduardo Mata, Dallas Symphony, 1987
Holst - The Planets (Yu, Philharmonia Orchestra, 2010) 61. Djong Victorin Yu, Philharmonia Orchestra, 1998
Holst - The Planets (Mehta, New York Philharmonic, 1990) 62. Zubin Mehta, New York Philharmonic, 1990
Holst - The Planets (Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, 1996) 63. Yan Pascal Tortelier, BBC Philharmonic, 1996
Holst - The Planets (Serebrier, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 1977) 64. José Serebrier, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, 1977
Holst - The Planets (Robertson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 2014) 65. David Robertson, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, 2014
Holst - The Planets (Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, 1981) 66. Herbert von Karajan, Berliner Philharmoniker, 1981
Holst - The Planets (Williams, Boston Pops O, 1986) 67. John Williams, Boston Pops Orchestra, 1986
Holst - The Planets (Ashley, London Festival Orchestra, 2001) 68. Robert Ashley, London Festival Orchestra, 1996
Holst - The Planets (A Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1993) 69. Andrew Davis, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1993
Holst - The Planets (Wolfgang Heinzel, Philharmonie Merck, 2005) 70. Wolfgang Heinzel, Philharmonie Merck, 2005
Holst - The Planets (Brogli-Sacher, Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck, 2009) 71. Roman Brogli-Sacher, Philharmonisches Orchester der Hansestadt Lübeck, 2009
Holst - The Planets (Davies, Bruckner Orchester Linz, 2001) 72. Dennis Russell Davies, Bruckner Orchester Linz, 2001
Holst - The Planets (Svetlanov, The Philharmonia, 1992) 73. Yevgeny Svetlanov, The Philharmonia, 1992
Holst - The Planets (Boult, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, 1960) 74. Sir Adrian Boult, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, 1960
Holst - The Planets (Norrington, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, 2001) 75. Roger Norrington, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, 2001
Holst - The Planets (Maazel, Orchestre National de France, 1980) 76. Lorin Maazel, Orchestre National de France, 1981
Holst - The Planets (Kakhidze, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, 2003) 77. Jansug Kakhidze, Tbilisi Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Holst - The Planets (Mardjani, Georgian Festival Orchestra, 1994) 78. Jahni Mardjani, Georgian Festival Orchestra, 1994
Holst - The Planets (Kalb, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, 1999) 79. Thomas Kalb, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, 1999
Holst - The Planets (Holst, London Symphony Orchestra, 1922-1924) 80. Gustav Holst, London Symphony Orchestra, 1922, 1923, 1924
51k152Dvo3L[1] 81. Gennadi Rozhdestvensky, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1980
Holst - The Planets (Colin Davis, LSO, 2003) 82. Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra, 2003
Holst - The Planets (Herrmann, London Philharmonica Orchestra, 1970) 83. Bernard Herrmann, London Philharmonic Orchestra, 1970

 


 

There are other Planets CDs I know of that haven’t found their way on the list (yet):

Holst - The Planets (Akiyama, The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, 1980)

Kazuyoshi Akiyama, The Tokyo Symphony Orchestra, 1980
– This is available in a heap of places, but at its current price (i.e., high) I won’t be buying it any time soon.

Holst - The Planets (Akiyama, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, 1980)

Kazuyoshi Akiyama, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, 1980
– Thanks to commenter Jerry (Hi, Jerry!), I now know about Mr. Akiyama’s second recording of Mr. Holst’s Planets. (See above for the first.) Jerry found it at Amazon.com as part of a 4-CD set entitled Orchestral Masterpieces, but for me here in Australia it’s horrendously expensive. Amazon.com doesn’t give a date for the recording (I like knowing these kinds of things), but the ever-reliable music database Discogs says it was released in 1980.

Holst - The Planets (Sir Adrian Boult, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1973)

Sir Adrian Boult, BBC Symphony Orchestra, 1973
– Semi*-helpful commenter Jerry alerted me to this one. The recording appeared on a CD that came with the July 2013 issue of BBC Music Magazine. Discogs tells me that this a live performance from The Proms on Friday 7 September 1973 (Prom 47). Now to see if back issues of BBC Music Magazine are available to order…

Update: That July 2013 issue of BBC Music Magazine is available on eBay. It’s “in good clean condition”, which is nice to know. It’s also “without the CD”. Grrr.

(*I say “semi” because on the one hand I’m glad that Jerry is finding more Planets recordings for me to listen to, but on the other hand Jerry is finding more Planets recordings for me to listen to.)

Holst - The Planets (Freeman, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, 2002)

Paul Freeman, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, 2002
– This one’s a bit pricey (it’s available on the orchestra’s website and at CDmusic.cz), so I’ve been reluctant to get it. But get it I will – sometime.

Holst - The Planets (Edward Gardner, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, 2017)

Edward Gardner, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, 2017
– This one is the newest in the cavalcade of Planets CDs available for sale (released February 2017), and because it’s new it’s full price. I really don’t want to pay full price for a Planets CD.

Holst - The Planets (Sado, NHK Symphony Orchestra, 2005)

Yutaka Sado, NHK Symphony Orchestra, 2005
– This one is waaay too pricey at the moment, so it’s sitting very quietly at the bottom of the “Planets CDs I want to buy” list.

Holst - The Planets (Svetlanov, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester, 1994)

Evgeny Svetlanov, Sveriges Radios Symfoniorckester, 1994
– This is Big Ev’s second recording of The Planets. His first was with The Philharmonia in 1992. I hope that: a) I get to hear this Swedish version; and b) I like it more than the earlier one. I may not get to hear this newer one any time soon, though, ‘cos only Amazon.com has it at the moment, and it’s mighty expensive. (Fully shipped to Australia it’ll cost me almost $50. I ain’t payin’ that.)

298 thoughts on “The List

  1. Paul April 1, 2020 / 12:58 am

    This is a fascinating site. I applaud your efforts. Peter Gutmann’s Classical Notes referenced this Planets project. I possess William Boughton and John Eliot Gardiner versions. I wonder how many royalties would be rolling into the Holst Estate were The Planets not Public Domain. Prayers and best wishes from Ohio.

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      • Paul April 2, 2020 / 5:10 am

        I note that over 50 per cent of the list are British Isles orchestras.

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      • Peter April 2, 2020 / 8:17 am

        Maybe The Planets is considered a thoroughly English work and non-English orchestras are reluctant to tackle it. Maybe.

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  2. Paul April 8, 2020 / 2:30 am

    I can’t locate a Sir Thomas Beecham Planets recording. I recall a Beecham quote. Lamenting the fact that many British orchestras were “bringing in third rate European conductors,” he said ” We’ve got plenty of second rate conductors right here. ” It’s been decades since I heard this anecdote. Hope my memory is accurate. Best wishes from Ohio USA

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  3. Christian May 3, 2020 / 11:35 pm

    Hi Peter!

    Hope you’re well.

    I miss your Planets review articles! Have you had a chance to listen to any of:

    the Munih/RSO Ljubljana one on Pentagon: https://open.spotify.com/album/0huTjSMJtoJQ0Z9KgMVd1C?si=LDH4MRYsTIixYn4hYrRlFg

    the Batt/RPO one on Guild: https://open.spotify.com/album/417KCDNRvlF52ehvo7nEHc?si=0jCUL2HTR-itTfk-euNgiQ

    the Litton/Bergen one on BIS: https://open.spotify.com/album/6X0mPDJZyHIkD04ZpS88od?si=hYbRZbkAQsOI2FnREA7oXA

    the Stern/Kansas one on Reference Recordings: https://open.spotify.com/album/2Do4q3UxC6hqEMSTvp2NTL?si=GTUF8Q41Q6q6KHMQQJlVYQ

    I was surprised and disappointed with the Stern and Litton ones, they just seem a bit limp and boring despite the excellent sonics that both BIS and Reference are known for. The Batt one is quite good, and I actually really liked the Munih recording, one of those that just sounds right.

    Would be interested to know your thoughts on them.

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    • Peter May 29, 2020 / 2:26 pm

      Yowser, Christian

      I haven’t heard any of those recordings you mentioned. I’ll be saving up for them. (I’ll probably buy the Batt first, as it seems to be the most available CD.)

      Yours disappointingly,

      Peter.

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  4. TJ (@PHXTJ) May 29, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    An ASU grad student transcribed for classical guitar. Super cool!

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  5. Øistein Jensen June 14, 2020 / 4:49 pm

    Hi Peter, fascinating list

    But I could not find Chicago/Levine from 2004 and Bergen/Litton from 2019

    What do you think of them?

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  6. Mark September 15, 2020 / 6:19 am

    Have you had a chance to listen/review the 1973 version by Sir Adrian Boult at the BBC Proms? Was curious as to what your verdict on that one was compared to Boults other recordings

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    • Peter September 15, 2020 / 8:30 am

      Yowser, Mark

      “Have you had a chance to listen/review the 1973 version by Sir Adrian Boult at the BBC Proms? Was curious as to what your verdict on that one was compared to Boults other recordings.”

      Unfortunately, I haven’t yet.

      I have about five Planets CDs that I haven’t pestered yet – including the Boult Proms 1973 performance. All I need is to remind myself that I have them and that I need to write about the little beasties.

      (Note to Self: Get around to listening to those CDs, Peter. And do it before you forget again.)

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  7. Fabien Laloy October 22, 2020 / 10:39 am

    Bonjour from France, Peter !

    I am quite a newcomer as far as The Planets are concerned, and your tremendous effort here has been so helpful for me as my journey through all those versions began… So, THANK YOU.

    I recently got my hands – well, ears – on the Bergen/Litton, and there’s something in Mars that caught my attention: when the “big orchestral kablammo” happens (around 3:00, as is the case with most recordings), I distinctly hear 2 of those, like BAAAAAaaaBAAAAaaaam instead of the BAAAAAAAAAaaaaaam I’m used to hearing in other versions. So I decided to check among the versions I have at my disposal, and this double-BAAAM also seems to appear in the RPO/Handley (though less obviously and the second BAAAM comes quicker), and CSO/Levine (far less obvious but still, I think).

    So what the hell ? Does that match what’s written in the score, or is that just some kind of mistake / exotic stuff ?

    Intriguingly yours,

    Fabien

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    • Peter October 22, 2020 / 11:32 am

      Howdy Dowdy Rowdy, Fabien

      Welcome to the website.

      I don’t have the Bergen/Litton CD yet (I keep forgetting to buy it), so I can’t say what happens at the three-minute mark.

      However, there are a couple of Planets recordings on YouTube that have the score in the video, which is mighty helpful.

      Here’s the Boult/BBC Symphony Orchestra version:

      Fabien, is the bit you’re talking about at 3:05 in that video?

      Over to you, Magnificent F.

      Peterlini

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      • Fabien Laloy October 22, 2020 / 9:40 pm

        So in the Boult video, I would be refering to what happens at the 3:39 mark, though I hear a single “BAAaaaam” here.
        I you listen to the RPO/Handley (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lG0UMlkScA) at 3:03, you’ll hear 2 close yet quite distinct bangs (BaaaBaaaaaam).
        And as far as the Bergen/Litton is concerned, if you have Spotify, you can listen to it here, at 3:02 (https://open.spotify.com/album/6X0mPDJZyHIkD04ZpS88od?highlight=spotify:track:02RaqcEMp1K2tKjiWPIiz3).
        And let me apologize for my poor and primitive musical vocabulary, I’m not a musician myself.

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      • Peter October 23, 2020 / 10:48 am

        Fabulous Fabien

        Thanks for the link to the Litton/Bergen on Spotify.

        I see what you mean. It does sound like two distinct kablammos (Disclaimer: “kablammos” may not be an actual word).

        The score definitely shows only one kablammo, so I don’t know why you and I would hear two. It’s odd. Maybe the orchestra isn’t all that together, with the boys and girls in the band not all playing at the same time. Who knows?

        Yours mystifiedly,

        Peteresque.

        PS: You musical vocabulary is fine. I have no trouble understanding it. I think a word like “BaaaBaaaaaam” is a perfectly reasonable one to use.

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      • Fabien Laloy October 23, 2020 / 11:52 am

        Hey Peter cobber,

        “The score definitely shows only one kablammo, so I don’t know why you and I would hear two. It’s odd.”

        It is odd indeed, to the point that it really distracted me in the BIS recording the first few times I heard it. It gets better in time (or does it ?).

        “Maybe the orchestra isn’t all that together, with the boys and girls in the band not all playing at the same time. Who knows?”

        I guess it could be so. That’s really puzzling me. Can’t help thinking it’s deliberate. But what’d be the point then ?

        “PS: You musical vocabulary is fine. I have no trouble understanding it. I think a word like “BaaaBaaaaaam” is a perfectly reasonable one to use.”

        You’re too kind. I don’t know whether or not “kablammo” exists as a word (yet I’ve checked and seen entries on the web, for the singular form at least), but I’m pretty sure “BaaaBaaaaaam” does not. And never will. (Second thoughts: perhaps it did during Prehistoric time ?)

        Yours reassuringly,

        Fabien “I Am The Law”

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      • William Baker October 23, 2020 / 11:57 am

        I have that Litton BIS recording. Never noticed that issue. Oh well, it is still in my top 5.

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      • Peter October 23, 2020 / 12:47 pm

        Excellent.

        (Note to Self: Buy the Litton/Bergen CD as soon as you can, Peter.)

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      • Fabien Laloy October 23, 2020 / 9:00 pm

        I like this recording a lot too, notwithstanding this kablammo extravaganza. Top 5 material for me indeed, although I’ve yet to listen to many (many !) more versions.

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  8. dsonyay December 3, 2020 / 1:48 pm

    I watched the “Edward Gardner, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, 2017” on YouTube. I’m not a person that understands orchestras like an expert would, but I found the concert stunning.. a few parts gave me goosebumps.

    I looked up your favorite CD and enjoy it very much. I’m 59 years old and never heard The Planets. I guess one is never too old to learn. What a beautiful work Holst made.

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    • Peter December 3, 2020 / 2:23 pm

      Howdy, dsonyay

      I’m glad you liked the Gardner YouTube performance. It’s fabulous that a heap of young people can tackle a work as difficult as The Planets and come through with flying colours.

      Thanks for taking the time to visit this ol’ blog. And you’re right: You’re never too old to learn. There are still plenty of works that I haven’t heard yet.

      Oh, and in a nice coincidence, I’m also 59. Hello, fellow 59-er!

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  9. Jonathan Ives December 9, 2020 / 12:33 am

    Thank you for this herculean effort. I have a few recordings on vinyl, Boult, Stokowski, Sargent and Karajan (VPO) but found your site after I spotted the Hurst / Bournemouth recording in a local charity shop and was weighing up whether to invest £2 in a copy. I think you have swung it for me, so thank you.

    Have you listened to much else by Holst ? As much as I like the planets, I do prefer some of his other works, and I rather regret that he’s mostly remembered only for The Planet Suite, rather than Hammersmith, Beni Mora, The Evening Watch, the two Suites for Military Band, the Hymn to Jesus, the Choral Hymns to Rig Veda or , for me , his best, the Seven Part Songs. Some of these have only one or maybe two recordings available.

    Thanks again

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    • Peter December 9, 2020 / 8:58 am

      Hi, Jonathan

      Thanks for the compliments. They’re mighty appreciated.

      That charity shop Bournemouth Planets is well worth grabbing.

      Ah, vinyl. I remember the days. I used to have a vinyl collection, but when the ultra-convenience of CDs came along I sold my vinyl collection to feed my growing CD addiction.

      As for non-Planets Holst, I’ve heard a fair amount. I have a 6-CD compilation called Gustav Holst: The Collector’s Edition and a 2-CD compilation called The Essential Holst.

      My favourite work by Holst that isn’t The Planets is the St. Paul’s Suite. I also love Beni Mora.

      And the Seven Part-Songs are charming.

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      • Perry Smith Jr February 19, 2021 / 7:46 pm

        sell cds for a streaming account?

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      • Peter February 20, 2021 / 8:51 am

        Yowser, Perry

        “sell cds for a streaming account?”

        Never!

        CDs have a couple of advantages over streaming…

        One of the things I really like about CDs is that when you buy one, you get an actual thing, something you can hold and look at.

        Also, CD sound quality is mighty fine, a heap better than the (for me) low-bitrate-MP3 that is streaming. I know there are places like Qobuz that offer lossless streaming, but they don’t have much of a range of music to offer.

        I’m aware of the disadvantage of CDs in that they take up shelf space, but I’m OK with that. I like seeing all those Planets CDs lined up on the shelf.

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  10. Gil R December 22, 2020 / 7:12 am

    Hello.
    I’m a really new listener of Holst, The Planets and I’m looking for a good rendition of the symphony to my ears. I don’t know a thing at all in orchestration or classical music, but, by listening to different versions thanks to YouTube, I noticed a few differences. I basically focus on Mars.
    – Karajan (Berliner), n 66 here, sounds too slow, not punchy enough.
    – I bought the Rattle version, n 40 here, but the volume is a little low, and the sound lacks of punch too, I find it weak. I don’t know how to explain.
    – I listened to a version of Mars I like but the origin of the recording is not precise: https://youtu.be/Isic2Z2e2xs. I think it’s from Levine (the copyright sends to it). and this version is the one I prefer.

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    • Peter December 22, 2020 / 8:29 am

      Hi, Gil

      The more you listen, you the more you will hear differences.

      I agree about the Karajan / Berlin Planets. It’s not very good.

      The Rattle / Philharmonia, however, is a recording I like.

      I think you’re right about the “Mars” in that video being Levine.

      This is the Levine “Mars”:

      I’ve listened to the “Mars” in your link and the one in my link, and I can’t hear a difference. So I’d say the one you heard is definitely the Levine.

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  11. Perry Smith Jr February 19, 2021 / 7:44 pm

    Have you ever heard Tomita “The Planets” I have listened to quite a few renditions and I like this the best.

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    • Peter February 20, 2021 / 8:01 am

      Howdy, Perry

      I’ve heard the Tomita Planets, but only once. It was fun. I might revisit it some time (like today, maybe).

      Thanks for reminding me of the existence of the Tomita Planets, O’ Perry.

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