79. Thomas Kalb, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, 1999

Holst - The Planets (Kalb, Philharmonisches Orchester Heidelberg, 1999)

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Now, I don’t want to influence your perception of this recording before you get to hear it, but… I have to tell you don’t think it’s very good. Not very good at all.

Although I could go into detail about the (extensive) not-very-goodness about this recording, I’d rather not because it would waste both your time and mine.

Because I’ve listened to it, I’m duty-bound to report something about this effort by Thomas Kalb and The Heidelbergers, so I’ll keep it as brief as I can:

“Mars” is low-voltage and riddled with playing mistakes.

“Venus” isn’t much better (it has plenty of mistakes, messing playing, and dodgy intonation as well).

“Mercury” is even sloppier than “Venus”.

“Jupiter” has even more mistakes in it than “Mars”.

“Saturn” went by without much incident (but nothing much decent happened either).

“Uranus” was… alright. It may be the best performed movement of the bunch – but please bear in mind that that is a very relative statement.

“Neptune” started off OK (i.e., without any glaring awfulness), and the choir is OK but then that choir (Hi, choir!) started going off the rails in a few too many places.

This Heidelberg/Kalb CD is currently available on eBay for AUS$27. I’d pay $2.70.

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