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, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 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, St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, 1975) 46. Walter Susskind, St. 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, 1994) 69. Andrew Davis, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, 1994
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 (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 didn’t like it very much). 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.)

150 thoughts on “The List

  1. Chris April 6, 2017 / 6:12 am

    Hi Peter.

    I was in a discussion with my dad about his experience of The Planets and he told me his favourite had always been Andre Previn’s first recording. I wondered what he saw in it since my experience of it (from Spotify) was that it wasn’t that exciting. For some reason Spotify only has a couple of tracks from Previn/LSO but the whole album of the (inferior) Previn/RPO.

    He then played me his vinyl copy of the Hi-Q Supercuts vinyl release of Previn/LSO. I was blown away.

    It’s a hell of a recording. It’s one to be listened to loud and for the first time ever, I might prefer the analogue version to the CD copy. Not that there’s too much difference, mind you, the vinyl one seems to have a bit more punch down low, or maybe the CD’s treble is boosted a little. I’m not bothered either way.

    If you gave it another go with fresh ears, I reckon your opinion might change a bit. Mars is brutal, an absolute ripper of a start but doesn’t lose its head and a good speed. I feel like anywhere from 7.00 to 7.40 is a good time for Mars. Venus is really nice and delicate and Mercury flits about nicely without getting too jumpy. It’s played quite smoothly. The violin sound is lovely. Jupiter has one of the best Big Tunes I’ve ever heard. Saturn is almost 10 minutes but I still enjoy it. Uranus is almost 2 and a half minutes quicker than my favourite, Groves/RPO. It’s certainly different but really fun. Neptune is on the shorter end of Neptunes I’ve heard and liked.

    I’d put it up close to reference sound quality, too. The balance is just right. It’s never gonna be as analytical and crisp as something as a brand new digital recording but it’s as good as I can expect out of a magnetic tape recording. It sound better to me than the other 1970s recordings like Mehta/LAPO, which is great but in a different way. Something about Previn and the LSO is absolutely bang on the money for me.

    So, if you have time, I’d invite you to give Andre and his merry men another try. I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  2. Chris April 9, 2017 / 12:48 am

    Peter,

    I may have found another version of the Planets for you to have a look at, by Frank Shipway and the RPO. There’s very little information about it, it seems to have been part of the Denon Classics 24/7 compilation which is available for ludicrous prices on eBay. I think it’s part of disc 1? The much easier alternative is that it’s here on Spotify:

    I hope the link works. It sounded perfectly alright, not too fast or slow. Annoyingly it’s all on there as a single track, but it’s manageable.

    I’m interested to see what you think.

    Chris

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  3. Ken Palmer May 31, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    I’d just like to post a thank you for this site. My acquaintance with The Planets began and ended in the 60s with a copy of the Stokowski version, which was my first classical lp. I used to listen to it on an old Garrard SP25 deck, a Rogers Ravensbrook amp and Imhoffs speakers, which was, for its time, a reasonable starter hi-fi system. Unfortunately while it gave a good rendering of the louder, jauntier and more menacing parts, the softer, more subtle and arguably more interesting parts just sounded dull. Eventually I got bored with the record, put it into a cupboard and moved on to other types of music.

    I came across this site quite by accident and was astonished at the number of versions that now exist. More out of curiosity than anything, I sourced Osawa version and was utterly blown away. Pehaps my now long-lost Stokowski version would sound good on my current set-up; but it certainly wouldn’t get near Osawa. The sections that I used to skip are as wonderful in their own way as my old favourites, although I suspect that, in the case of Saturn, it is my own advancing years that make it more relevant and affecting.

    Anyway, I’m not a musician and I can’t comment on the playing or technical aspects of the recording. All I want to do is thank you for re-introducing me a piece that I loved as a boy and would probably never have re-discovered otherwise. The downside is that I’m now going to have to start tracking down the other versions to compare them.

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    • Peter June 1, 2017 / 1:33 pm

      Howdy, Ken.

      It’s mighty heartening to hear that your love for The Planets has been rekindled.

      And I’m happy to help you if you want to explore more. (I’m a fan of Planets expeditions.)

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      • Ken Palmer June 1, 2017 / 8:03 pm

        Thanks, Peter; but I’m going to need to work on my lovely lady, before I start procuring many more versions. She heard me listening to the Ozawa version yesterday (pretty loudly) and recounted her own experience of The Planets.

        Apparently, at her senior school, she had a music lesson that lasted the whole of Friday afternoon. Rather than attempt to teach anything, the teacher used the time to give the classroom an end-of-week clear-up and to start getting her personal things together for the weekend. In order to keep the students occupied (you guessed it) she would simply play them The Planets …. no discussion of who wrote them, what they were about or who was performing – simply a time-filling exercise. So all The Planets represent to my better half is a memory of seemingly endless periods of boredom. I’m sure I’ll be able to win her round, but slowly is the watchword.

        Keep up the good work.

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      • Peter June 2, 2017 / 10:05 am

        What a ghastly way to listen to The Planets. Hopefully, your partner will eventually see the beauty in the music.

        As for keeping up the good work: Can do, baby.

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  4. Mikaal June 1, 2017 / 12:09 am

    How lovely is that!

    I, aged 60, also only had a cursory knowledge of this piece but finding Peter’s lists have dipped my toes into the choices and agree worh you wholeheartedly re Osawa.
    My only cd previous was the Karajan 2010 (?).
    The Osawa is miles ahead.
    Glad you wrote your experience in. Cheers.

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    • Peter June 1, 2017 / 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Mikaal.

      I’m glad you’ve listened to something other than Herbie’s not-terribly-great* Planets.

      (*For me.)

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