This one’s OK. The trumpets are a bit loud in “Mars” from 1:44-1:59, but that’s about it for niggles. It’s all played very well, but it’s not doing much for me.
Have I heard too many Planets recordings? Is that it? It could be, because this particular CD is highly regarded in all sorts of places (i.e., the places that review classical music CDs). “It’s a new benchmark,” “the one to own,” that sort of thing. But it ain’t movin’ me in the slightest. And by the three-minute mark in “Neptune”, I was waiting impatiently for it to end. Did I wake up this morning with my brain telling me, “You’re not going to enjoy The Planets today, Peter”? I hope not, because I like The Planets. Let’s see what happens with the next disc.
Addendum: The next disc I heard was James Judd and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s 1991 recording, and it immediately restored my faith in The Planets.