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, 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 (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.)

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156 thoughts on “The List

  1. wonderboy March 20, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    where is the recording of Andrew Davis with the BBC Orchester (CHANDOS)

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    • Peter March 23, 2015 / 5:55 pm

      Where is it? Er, not there. Sorry about that. Time to add it to the growing list of Planets recordings I still haven’t heard.

      Thanks, WB, for letting me know about Andrew Davis’s third recording of Those Planets. It looks like Andy is turning into the Boult of our times. (Actually, I might call him that from now on: “Andrew Davis: The Boult Of Our Times™ “.)

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    • Bryan May 13, 2016 / 12:19 am

      Most enjoyable reading Pete !. As a kid in the1960s, the very first version of the planets I heard was owned by my parents on a 33 rpm vinyl. It was a Marble arch mono job with Sir Adrian Boult conducting. I have I believe just purchased this on CD. Apparently it was recorded in 1954 by Pye- Nixa.
      Also to drop on the mat this morning was a very very interesting version of the planets. Off ebay uk for £1.27 inclusive !. William Steinberg Conducting Boston Symphony orchestra. A DG 2cd compact classics with a bit of Elgar on the second disc. Have played it a couple of times and it’s very very good indeed. 413 852-2

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  2. Gerald Martin March 21, 2015 / 1:48 pm

    Fascinating list. Have you checked your list against the Planets recordings available for free listening on Naxos’s “Beethoven on Demand”? You can sign up for free through the Toronto Symphony Orchestra website at tso.ca. Many labels (not just Naxos) are represented.

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    • Peter May 1, 2015 / 4:33 pm

      Thanks for that, Gerald. I didn’t know about the “Beethoven on Demand” list. I’ve now signed up. (http://tso.ca/)

      I searched for “holst” and “planets”. Apart from the usual search results, I did find two Planets recordings I hadn’t seen (or heard) before:

      I’m extremely keen on hearing the MacMillan recording because it’s pretty historic (i.e., 1942 historic).

      As for the Heidelberg/Kalb recording, I’ve just listened to it, and I must admit it wasn’t a terribly enjoyable experience. It’s now on the list.

      That Heidelberg/Kalb CD is available on eBay for AUS$26.67. I’d pay $2.66.

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  3. Dan Ferguson March 22, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    Sydney SO with new conductor David Robertson just released on through the Sydney SO store. Available now through them

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    • Peter March 23, 2015 / 6:45 pm

      Thanks for that, O Dan. I found the link. However, I won’t be buyin’ that CD just yet. It’s currently AUS$25 (+ AUS$7 shipping), and that’s far too pricey for me at the moment. Admittedly, it is a 2-CD set, but still… it’d cost me $32 to have it sitting in front of me. (Call me “Skinflint Pete”.)

      That’ll have to go way down the list of Planets to listen to.

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      • Dan Ferguson March 23, 2015 / 6:53 pm

        Actually a bluray/SACD hybrid with Stereo and Multichannel.

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      • Peter March 24, 2015 / 11:34 am

        A what? What’s wrong with a CD? People still make CDs don’t they?

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  4. John R. Lewis III March 28, 2015 / 11:13 pm

    Peter: How about this at Amazon- Holst the Planets Festival Orchestra Alberto Lizzio conducting Label: Legacy About $3 new

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    • Peter March 29, 2015 / 5:34 pm

      Thanks for letting me know about that CD, John.

      The price for the disc is right, but Amazon.com’s shipping to me in Australia is hideous ($15). And Amazon.co.uk is not much better.

      Amazon.com
      Amazon.co.uk

      Holst - The Planets (Lizzio, The Festival Orchestra, 2001)

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      • Gerald Martin October 14, 2016 / 4:51 am

        Since Lizzio is a notorious pseudonymous conductor you probably already own the performance.

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      • Peter October 14, 2016 / 11:49 am

        According to Discogs, ” “Albert Lizzio” was a pseudonym invented by bargain-record producer Alfred Scholz and attached to older performances (often conducted by Hans Swarowsky, Milan Horvat, Carl Melles or himself).”

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      • Gerald Martin October 14, 2016 / 3:54 pm

        On a hunch I looked up the timings for the Hymisher Greenberg and Lizzio recordings. I found them on Discogs and Allmusic respectively:

        Greenberg

        7:00
        8:46
        3:47
        7:02
        8:57
        5:39
        7:59

        Lizzio

        6:59
        8:45
        3:47
        7:01
        8:57
        5:39
        7:58

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      • Peter October 14, 2016 / 4:28 pm

        Wow. I’m looking forward to that Lizzio CD arriving in the mail so I can hear the similarity/differences for myself.

        (I already have the Greenburg CD, and I’m still waiting for the Lizzio CD. I bought it from a US eBay seller on October 2, but I’m in Australia and it usually takes a couple of weeks for things to get here.)

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      • Peter October 25, 2016 / 2:13 pm

        Excellent hunching there, Gerald. The Lizzio disc has arrived, and I’ll be listening to it shortly. I’m exceptionally keen to see if the pseudonymous Mr. Lizzio is the elusive Hymisher Greenburg.

        Incidentally, Hymisher Greenburg has released a few CDs (15 according to Discogs). Because I liked his* way with The Planets (No. 21 on my list), I’m keen to buy some of his other discs. But given the dodgy nature of those ultra-cheapo recordings, it could be a lucky dip, in that I won’t know which “Hymisher Greenburg” I get on any given recording.

        (*Or whoever it is.)

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      • Gerald Martin October 14, 2016 / 4:01 pm

        I have a vicious autocorrect. Obviously I meant Greenburg.

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      • Peter October 14, 2016 / 4:30 pm

        No sweat. Discogs also has Mr. Greenburg listed as “Greenberg“.

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  5. Dinko March 29, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    (a) Awesome site!
    (b) Here’s another pricey so-so version : Kazuyoshi Akiyama / Tokyo Symphony Orchestra http://www.sa-cd.net/showtitle/262 (you’re not missing much if you don’t hear it)

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    • Peter March 29, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      (a) Much obliged, Dinko.
      (b) Thanks for letting me know about the Akiyama version. I’ve added it to the “Hey, I haven’t heard that yet!” pile.

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  6. John R. Lewis III March 29, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Sorry for lack of punctuation on previous post. On Amazon, this version comes up if you type”the planets” “festival orchestra” It comes up without a picture but when you click on the information, the cover picture appears. By the way, I found my copy of the article I mentioned, and although I can’t email it, I can photocopy it and mail it to any address you choose. It’ll take a while, coming from Pennsylvania, U.S.A., but you’ll get it.

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    • Peter March 29, 2015 / 5:46 pm

      No problem. Punctuation or not, you’re easily understood.

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    • Peter March 29, 2015 / 6:28 pm

      Excellent. You’ll be receiving an email shortly.

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  7. John R. Lewis III April 2, 2015 / 3:12 pm

    I listened to the David Norris analysis that you mentioned. It does “sharpen the ears” a bit for fine details, and that can only be a good thing. I don’t think it’s too helpful for picking recordings, however, because he’s so concerned with the little finesses that he seems to ignore that they’re often realized on recordings like Herrmann’s and Norrington’s, which are real “lemons.” By the way, the Stereophile article is in transit! Thanks for the tip on this.

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  8. Jerry July 31, 2015 / 2:18 am

    Thank you so much for building this discography. I’ve loved this piece since I first heard it (at a time when the Boult/Nixa-Westminster
    or the Sargent Decca/London were all that were readily available at my local (New York) outlet (since closed, as are all other the subsequent
    record and CD stores).

    There is also another Boult (live performance) BBC S.O. with BBC Music Magazine (July 2013 issue, Vol. 21 No. 10).

    http://www.classical-music.com/issue/july-2013

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    • Peter July 31, 2015 / 2:11 pm

      “Thank you so much for building this discography.”

      You’re entirely welcome, young Jerry.

      “I’ve loved this piece since I first heard it (at a time when the Boult/Nixa-Westminster or the Sargent Decca/London were all that were readily available at my local (New York) outlet (since closed, as are all other the subsequent record and CD stores).

      There is also another Boult (live performance) BBC S.O. with BBC Music Magazine (July 2013 issue, Vol. 21 No. 10).

      http://www.classical-music.com/issue/july-2013

      Eep! Another one!

      Ah well, that’s one more version I need to put on my “Nope, haven’t heard that one” list.

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      • Jerry August 1, 2015 / 8:18 am

        Just stumbled on another one.

        There was an earlier Planets from Kazuyoshi Akiyama and the Vancouver Symphony on a CBC LP.

        It was reissued on CD as part of Orpheum Masters 4-CD set (KSP 801-804) of Akiyama/Vancouver
        CBC recordings. It’s very hard to come by. The Amazon listing (Keywords: Vancouver Orpheum Masters)
        shows a cover image.

        http://www.amazon.com/Orchestral-Masterpieces-Vancouver-Symphony-Orchestra/dp/B0000582FI

        Orchestral Masterpieces (Akiyama, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra)

        Jerry

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      • Peter August 1, 2015 / 12:17 pm

        Thanks, Jerry, for letting me know about another Planets recording I haven’t heard. It’s one I’m not likely to hear anytime soon, considering its price. The 4-CD set is US$59.22, which for me in Australia today (August 1, 2015) converts to a rather unhelpful AUS$81. Combine that with Amazon.com’s postage to Australia being another AUS$15, and you have a situation – a $96 situation – where it might be wise for me to quietly look away from that link and pretend I didn’t see it.

        By the way, I hope you don’t mind but I edited your comment (by shortening the Amazon.com link and adding the image). I’m hoping you’re not currently fuming and shouting things like, “How dare he! My comments are sacrosanct, never to be touched!” etc.

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  9. David Myers August 1, 2015 / 6:52 pm

    Thanks for this excellent list. My dad introduced me to The Planets in the 70’s and we would often play Boult’s version. I think it was the 1954 version. Over the years I’ve heard so many versions, some great, some truly ropey. My favourite’s at the moment are the Vernon Handley from ’93 and Sir Andrew Davies from 2011(?)., his most recent one. Concerning Boult’s versions the 1945 version is fantastic as is the 1967 version. The one he did with the Vienna State orchestra is terribly sloppy and his 1978 version being the best sounding in terms of quality is a bit up and down. Jupiter is too slow at the start and the big tune is too fast. We must remember that Boult was very elderly when he did it and I’m sure I read he didn’t want to do it. I would love to hear the live version from 1973 that you mentioned. Have you looked at the 2009 proms one with Sir Charles Mackerras, it’s on YT and it’s fantastic. That lead me to seek out his late 80’s recording and it’s not the greatest version I’ve heard

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    • Peter August 1, 2015 / 7:46 pm

      Howdy, David.

       
      “Thanks for this excellent list.”

       
      No problem.

       
      “Have you looked at the 2009 proms one with Sir Charles Mackerras, it’s on YT and it’s fantastic.”

       
      I haven’t, but I will. I’m compelled – compelled! – to listen to every single recording of The Planets ever made.

      Found it:

      Thanks for letting me know about it, you fabulous David you.

      (I wonder if I can review it, and pretend it’s a CD…)

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  10. David Myers August 1, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    Yes, review it, why not. I love it, the coughing is a bit irritating but it’s live and the mics probably picked up all sorts of junk. It’s great to look at all the musicians playing. Sadly Mackerras died in 2010. They did The Planets again in 2015 for The Proms with Susanna Mälkki conducting, haven’t listened to it all but Jupiter is very poor, what’s the hurry! Do you like English music. I’m trying Vaughan Williams, A London Symphony, the 2nd movement Lento is fantastic, I’m listening to Boult’s version with the LPO

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    • Peter August 2, 2015 / 9:51 am

      “Yes, review it, why not.”

      That’s all the encouragement I need. I’ll pester it.

       
      “I love it, the coughing is a bit irritating but it’s live and the mics probably picked up all sorts of junk.”

      It’s the Proms – home of the noisy concert.

       
      “Sadly Mackerras died in 2010.”

      Yep. As a conductor, Charles was so good at so many kinds of music that I don’t think he ever made a bad recording. Admittedly, I haven’t heard everything he ever recorded (I don’t think I ever could, as he was so prolific), but from what I have heard, my two favourite recordings of his are his set of Beethoven Symphonies recorded live with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Philharmonia Orchestra

      The Beethoven Symphonies Live from The Edinburgh Festival (Mackerras)

      …and Leoš Janáček’s Sinfonietta. It’s a blazing performance:

       
      “They did The Planets again in 2015 for The Proms with Susanna Mälkki conducting, haven’t listened to it all but Jupiter is very poor, what’s the hurry!”

      Thanks for the tip-off. I don’t think I’ll be clamouring to hear that one any time soon.

       
      “Do you like English music?”

      I do.

       
      “I’m trying Vaughan Williams…”

      Excellent. He’s one of my favourite composers.

       
      “…, A London Symphony, the 2nd movement Lento is fantastic, I’m listening to Boult’s version with the LPO.”

      Mighty good.

      A few of my favourite pieces by Vaughan Williams are:

      Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

       
      Symphony No. 5 in D major – especially the 3rd movement (“Romanza”)

       
      Phantasy Quintet

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    • Peter January 5, 2016 / 6:20 pm

      “You are a sick, sick man. Perverse. LOVE IT! Cheers to you from a kindred, sick, sick spirit. :-) “

       
      Thanks, Splendid Jens*. It’s nice to meet a fellow “What was I thinking?” list-maker.

       

      “(Not that my hang-up are the Planets… but it similarish. And almost as obsessed about discographies. (Example: http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2015/07/beethoven-sonatas-survey-of-complete.html)”

       
      Eep! That’s a daunting list. I’m glad you tackled all those recordings. And I’m even more glad that I didn’t.

       
      (*I hope you don’t mind me calling you Splendid Jens.)

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    • Peter March 18, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      That sounds manageable.

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  11. brunumb March 18, 2016 / 5:32 pm

    OOPs! Only domestic shipping from the listed sellers. Sorry.

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    • Peter March 18, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Ah well. At least people in England can get it.

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  12. digitaleconomywebRodrigo July 31, 2016 / 12:31 pm

    Many thanks for this comprehensive awesome list. I have three versions Karajan, Bernstein and Gibson and I have always felt there is something missing on these recordings.
    I’ll have a look at your top 5…
    Impressive list

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    • Peter July 31, 2016 / 1:59 pm

      You’re entirely welcome, my good man/woman/child/other.

      As for investigating more versions of Them Planets, Spotify is definitely the place to go.

      Enjoy!

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  13. digitaleconomywebRodrigo August 1, 2016 / 1:59 am

    Welll…..you were right…I have never heard such performance. The definition, landscape, richness is mindblowing!
    Are you on twitter? let’s connect @rodrigolobos
    Shared your blog on facebook (Hernan Rodrigo Lobos Aleuy)

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    • Peter August 1, 2016 / 9:11 am

      I’m now following you on Twitter, young Rodrigo.

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      • digitaleconomywebRodrigo August 2, 2016 / 9:57 am

        I’m now listening Elder (Hyperion, SACD) and I agree, its better than Karajan, Bernstein and Gibson, but Dutoit is #1. I’m still really impressed with the response of my setup CA 650A and BR5 speakers, cannot get enough from Mars and Jupiter…that Decca recording is amazing, the definition of the sound is astonishing

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  14. wonderboy September 19, 2016 / 9:30 pm

    hi Peter,

    nice list, i have 15 Planets recording on CD and more than 30 other recordings in flac quality on my HD , which i haven’t heard yet.

    my favorite list:

    1. Dutoit OSM Decca)

    2. Boult LPO (EMI178)

    3. Groves RPO (?)

    4. Elder Halle (Hyperion)

    5. Ozawa BSO (Philips)

    6. Previn RPO (Telarc)

    7. Mackerras RLPO (Vigin)

    8. Gardiner PO (DGG)

    9. Rattle BPO (EMI)

    10. Davis BBC (Chandos)

    11. Steinberg BSO (DGG)

    12. Arwel Hughes RPO (Apex)

    13. Lloyd Jones RSNO (Naxos)

    14. Serebrier MSO (ASV)

    15. Litton DSO (Delos)

    i wished i had more time to explore the recordings on my HD, but maybe … sometimes …

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    • Peter September 20, 2016 / 10:19 am

      A mighty fine list you have there, wonderboy.

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  15. Thomas M. September 27, 2016 / 6:24 pm

    Hi, listening now to Bernard Herrmann’s version, and it’s not as bad as you make it: Mars has never been more threatening, and Herrmann’s slow tempi work well in a number of places. Yes, the playing is sloppy, and it’s just *too* slow. But it’s much more interesting than many of the middle-of-the-road recordings by the likes of Pople, Mehta 2, etc.

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    • Peter September 28, 2016 / 9:29 am

      Howdy, Thomas.

      I’m glad you like the Herrmann version more than I do. It’s a recording that gives me the heebie jeebies.

      As for those middle-of-the-road versions, at least they don’t prompt me to say, “The horror! The horror!”

      But as I always like to say, À chacun son goût.

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  16. Thomas M. October 1, 2016 / 12:36 am

    Just listening to the Saccani and Boult 1954 versions (You’re ruining me, man!).

    I actually like The Adrian’s magisterial 1978 account very much (especially in coupling with an equally excellent Elgar Enigma Variations on the EMI CD), but here, he surely “let ‘er rip”! This is BRUTAL. Love it! :) Didn’t know Boult had it in him.

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    • Peter October 1, 2016 / 11:25 am

      “Just listening to the Saccani and Boult 1954 versions (You’re ruining me, man!).”

      Sorry about that.

       
      “I actually like The Adrian’s magisterial 1978 account very much (especially in coupling with an equally excellent Elgar Enigma Variations on the EMI CD), but here, he surely “let ‘er rip”! This is BRUTAL. Love it!🙂 Didn’t know Boult had it in him.”

      I see the Boult 1978 Planets as very dependable. It’s not outre in any way, and it’s well recorded.

      It’s no wonder that The Boultster’s 1978 recording has been reissued so many times. It’s dependable. (I think I may have already said that.)

      I’m glad you like it more than I did, Thomas. If you thought of it exactly the way I do, I’d be scared. I’m a huge fan of variety in opinions. Vive la différence!

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  17. Marshall Gu October 16, 2016 / 5:01 am

    This is such a fantastic resource, thank you for all your hard work. I look forward to other series if you’re going to go that route!

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    • Peter October 16, 2016 / 10:30 am

      This is such a fantastic resource, thank you for all your hard work.

      You’re entirely welcome, Marshall.

       
      I look forward to other series if you’re going to go that route!

      I’ve thought about creating a new blog/website that focuses on a different piece of music, but it’s a matter of working up the energy to embark upon such a foolhardy escapade.

      I’ve narrowed it down to these three* works:

      Orff: Carmina Burana
      Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring
      Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker

      I have plenty of versions of each of those, so reviewing and ranking them would be no problem.

      If I did go ahead, it’d more than likely be The Nutcracker. Or The Rite of Spring. Maybe.

       
      (*There was a fourth piece I was considering – Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade – but after listening to about a dozen versions of it, I couldn’t tell them apart. They were all good. So trying to rank them would have been useless.)

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      • Marshall Gu October 17, 2016 / 11:11 am

        I’m down for any and all of it.

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      • Thomas M. October 18, 2016 / 1:55 am

        Orf = watered-sown Stravinsky. ;)

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  18. Thomas M. October 18, 2016 / 1:55 am

    Better now: Orff = watered-down Stravinsky. ;)

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    • Peter October 18, 2016 / 8:26 am

      Hey Thomas: If you’re a tad bothered by a slight typing mishap in a comment, just let me know (via email if you want to keep things discreet) and I’ll edit it for you. (I can edit comments*.)

      (*I can also put words and phrases in too many parentheses as well.)

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  19. Thomas M. October 26, 2016 / 11:41 pm

    They re-released the Lizzio/Scholz as “Mayfair PO” again after all those years? Clearly, record producers have no conscience. ;)

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  20. Gerald Martin November 4, 2016 / 3:06 am

    The Svetlanov/Swedish Radio CD may be more affordable if ordered from Berkshire Record Outlet, broinc.com. I’ve been a customer there since 1975.

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    • Peter November 4, 2016 / 9:56 am

      Thanks for the suggestion, Gerald, but the total cost of that Svetlanov disc is a tad expensive. $7.99 for the disc is good, but $15 postage to Australia is not so good. At least that price is not as gruesome as the only copy currently available on eBay. That one is US$30, which is about $40 for Australian buyers (e.g., me).

      With Planets CDs, my go-to price is $10. Anything under that makes me a happy camper. Because I keep buying Planets CDs (I just bought five more), I don’t wanna spend my money on one CD when I can buy three for the same price.

      But thanks anyway, Big G.

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  21. Gerald Martin November 10, 2016 / 1:46 am

    Strange. One of my CDs– in a five-CD set devoted to “The Great History of English Classical Music”– contains Venus, Mercury, and Uranus conducted by Carl-Auguste Buente (sometimes C. A. Bunte) with the Berlin Symphony. The layout of the discs suggests the movements may have been extracted from a complete recording. I can’t find any evidence of a CD issue, however. The set has a copyright date of 1998.

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  22. Thomas Muething November 10, 2016 / 3:12 am

    Bünte was Professor of Conducting at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin. His The Planets was recorded for an Italian label, iGM La Musica Moderna. It should be an older recording, many of the label’s very old recordings are auctioned on eBay. I can also find no CD release.

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    • Gerald Martin November 10, 2016 / 7:05 am

      Thank you so much for that information.

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    • Peter November 10, 2016 / 8:13 am

      I can’t find a CD of it either.

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    • Peter November 10, 2016 / 2:10 pm

      Make that three:

      Venus – https://youtu.be/1QBv2tFSlK4

      I’m listening to it now. I’m not enjoying it much. Almost everyone is slightly out of tune, and there are two glaring edits (2:17 and 4:29).

      Incidentally, as the piece goes in it gets progressively more out of tune. (It’s especially painful from 3:16-3:19.)

      I’m glad there doesn’t appear to be a CD of all the Planets movements (i.e., a Planets CD) by Carl-August Bünte. If “Venus” is anything to go by, it would be a horrendously substandard effort.

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      • Gerald Martin November 10, 2016 / 4:06 pm

        Sorry. I was just trying to help.

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      • Peter November 10, 2016 / 5:20 pm

        No problem at all, baby. I always want to hear versions of The Planets I haven’t heard before, even if they turn out to be awful.

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    • Peter November 10, 2016 / 2:20 pm

      Now I’m listening to “Uranus”. It’s sluggish. And out of tune.

      Oh, and I have to mention the unbelieveably bad ensemble work from 3:53-3:56. It’s jaw-droppingly awful. And the mistakes from the brass section (4:07-4:20, and 5:36)… Oh my.

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    • Peter November 10, 2016 / 2:37 pm

      I’m listening to “Mercury”. I think it’s the best performance of the three conducted by Carl-August Bünte. But that’s not saying much.

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    • Peter November 10, 2016 / 8:12 am

      Howdy, Thomas. I’m afraid that WordPress’s commenting approval system was a little reluctant to approve your comment. It’s probably because your comments had YouTube links in them.

      Most of the comments here are automatically approved, but some await my approval. Both of your comments, the ones with the YouTube links, were waiting for me to approve. To tidy things up, I approved one and deleted the other.

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    • Thomas Muething November 10, 2016 / 4:36 am

      Sorry, it’s Susskind. Only Mussorgsky on that disc is Slatkin. My bad.

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  23. wonderboy November 27, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    New recording under Edward Gardner, released on Chandos in December :)

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    • Peter November 28, 2016 / 8:10 am

      Excellent. Thanks, Wonderboy.

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    • Peter December 31, 2016 / 8:29 am

      Thanks for that, Thomas. I’ll get around to buying it, er, sometime.

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  24. Michel LeGrisbi February 1, 2017 / 5:53 pm

    Thanks, this was very helpful…guess I’ll pitch my ‘Phase 4’ Hermann now!

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    • Peter February 1, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      Howdy, Michel. Maybe you can keep the Herrmann Planets as a souvenir.

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  25. merlin February 2, 2017 / 12:06 am

    yeah yeah GARDNER on Chandos, time for a new number one!

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    • Peter February 2, 2017 / 9:46 am

      We shall see, young Merlin.

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  26. Chris February 7, 2017 / 5:41 am

    Hi, Peter!

    Just wanted to thank you so much for this blog. It completely opened my eyes to what a wonderful piece of music The Planets is, and your fantastic commentary really helped me get a feel for the music. It’s amazing how many of these are available on Spotify, super convenient for me, and I’ve gone about trying out every single one I could until I found my perfect one.

    Until I read this I was perfectly happy with Karajan’s 1981 recording but it doesn’t really sound so great to me anymore.

    Some of them I reckoned I could immediately rule out (Rattle 2006, Susskind 1975) but some really impressed me (Jurowski 2009, Levine 1990) and some were just great in their own weird, wonky way (Stokowski 1956, Saccani 2003).

    I’ve settled on my go-to version being the Groves 1987 one. Man, that one has it all. To me, it just sounds perfect throughout, brilliant dynamics on louder Planets but really magical and delicate on Venus and Neptune. It was one of the last ones I tried on your list, I sort of went around them in a random order but it was so worth the wait. Plus it has not only the bonus of St. Paul’s Suite, which is a lovely little tune, but it was only recorded about 20 miles away from my house!

    Now I’ve found that, my journey isn’t over. I can really appreciate the differences between all of these, and I’m happy to listen to most of them and still enjoy them.

    Seriously mate, one of my favourite websites I’ve ever stumbled across. Cheers.

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    • Peter February 7, 2017 / 8:27 am

      Howdy, Chris

      I’m glad you like the website. Thanks.

      And I’m especially glad you found a Planets recording to suit your tastes.

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      • Chris February 19, 2017 / 7:48 am

        Howdy, Chris

        “Cheers Peter.

        Another thing I’ve found in The Planets that makes or breaks a recording for me is when the low organ kicks in at the 7-8 minute mark of Saturn.”

        I’m with you.

         
        “A surprising number of recordings seem to have it way too quiet in the mix or even completely absent.

        I wonder what the idea is behind making it so quiet?”

        My guess is the lack of an organ. So many recordings don’t have it. Or if they do have it, they’re hopelessly inadequate and barely audible. (Maybe the engineers are embarrassed to highlight a wimpy organ.)

         
        “In Dutoit’s and Groves’ versions it really impresses me. It’s like a sort of cushion of big, bassy air that all of the twinkly notes around it float on.

        Are there any recordings you can think of off the top of your head that have a particularly good organ at that point?”

        The only one I can think of – and as far as I’m concerned, is the only one worth thinking of – is the Dutoit. Man oh man, that’s a stupendous organ sound.

        Trivia: Back when I was a hi-fi nerd, I used to audition speakers with the organ in Dutoit’s “Saturn”. Any speakers that could handle that bottom end got a big thumbs-up and a huge grin on my face.

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  27. Geoff Arnold February 15, 2017 / 5:00 am

    Hi Peter,

    Thank you for this monumental work, but please stop. Last Autumn I had 2 Planets on LP (Previn LSO and Sargent 1958) and 1 on CD (Dutoit) and now, I don’t know how, I suddenly have 9 on CD, 3 on LP (I have just bought my first LP for 30 years – Mehta LAPO) plus 3 on FLAC. And did you know that LPs are now sold by weight? EU regs I suppose.
    Love this website.

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    • Peter February 15, 2017 / 8:46 am

      “Thank you for this monumental work, but please stop.”

      I’m afraid I can’t.

       
      “Last Autumn I had 2 Planets on LP (Previn LSO and Sargent 1958) and 1 on CD (Dutoit) and now, I don’t know how, I suddenly have 9 on CD, 3 on LP (I have just bought my first LP for 30 years – Mehta LAPO) plus 3 on FLAC.”

      Excellent.

      (It may not be excellent from where you’re sitting, but as far as I’m concerned buying plenty of Planets recordings is A Good Thing.)

       
      “And did you know that LPs are now sold by weight? EU regs I suppose.”

      I had no idea. I don’t buy LPs anymore. (Sometime in the ’90s I sold my vinyl collection to feed my growing CD addiction.)

      Selling LPs by weight sounds like a gruesome thing to do – especially with those super-thick ones.

       
      “Love this website.”

      Thanks, Geoff.

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  28. Mikaal February 15, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Peter, Peter “Planets” Eater…

    I have a lowly 2 copies now after reading some of your list.

    Karajan 81 Berliner on the KGold which I thought was adequate…until your review of Numero Uno Charles Dutoit.
    Sold my firstborn for a mint copy from someone in London!!! Yikes 50+ bucks Oz.
    Anyway it really opened my ears to the “rote” proceedings on the HVK version.
    The subtleties on the Dutoit are themselves worth the price I paid.
    Plus…you really hilarious. Well, your writing is…!!

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    • Peter February 16, 2017 / 10:52 am

      Howdy, Mikaal.

       
      “Peter, Peter “Planets” Eater…”

      He he.

       
      “I have a lowly 2 copies now after reading some of your list.

      Karajan 81 Berliner on the KGold which I thought was adequate…until your review of Numero Uno Charles Dutoit.
      Sold my firstborn for a mint copy from someone in London!!! Yikes 50+ bucks Oz.”

      Eep! For that kind of money I’m guessing you bought the LP. The CD is available on eBay for $13.

       
      “Anyway it really opened my ears to the “rote” proceedings on the HVK version.”

      Herbie’s great for some works, but not The Planets. (Although his Vienna version isn’t bad.)

       
      “The subtleties on the Dutoit are themselves worth the price I paid.
      Plus…you really hilarious. Well, your writing is…!!”

      Thanks. I do what I can.

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  29. thestockmankids@gmail.com February 16, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    Hi again,

    Thought I’d let you know I just sprang for the Ozawa too…VG+ condition on Discogs….17Euro….

    Mikaal

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    • Peter February 16, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Excellent. You will definitely not be disappointed with the Ozawa. (You may even like it more than the Dutoit.)

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  30. Robin Witting February 18, 2017 / 5:49 pm

    Good Morning, Peter,
    I heard the new recording of Venus on BBC Radio 3 yesterday by Gardner and the National Youth Orchestra as I tootled around in the van – I’m a meter reader: 33 years.
    I thought: “I don’t think I know that one?”

    The first time I heard The Planets was at school in the early 60’s: the teacher took us all across to the Annexe and put Mars on us (without telling us anything about it) and asked us what our impressions. Surprisingly, I recall some of us visualising “little moon men” (it was a long time ago.)

    When I worked in a record shop in the 70’s I used to put the Zubin Mehta from 1964 (?) on. That was the first Planets that I bought. I loved that English mysticism. (I know that sounds pompous.)

    Would it not augment your blog if other people recalled their first brushes with The Planets? As well as your very own, Esteemed One.

    (By the way, thanks for putting me on to the Neville Mariner Tallis Fantasia: I have played an played it – on the headphones after getting home on a winter’s day stressed out etc.)

    (Plus dogs and the occasional aggressive customer. One this week kindly offered to throw me out his back yard if I go in there again: censored version.)

    Speaking of Mariner and visualising: were you on acid when you reviewed the Mariner version of the Planets? You dig some much out it, I can’t help thinking: “What’s he on?”

    You’ve certainly got me intrigued.

    Sorry to waffle on.

    Robin

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    • Peter February 21, 2017 / 5:05 pm

      “Good Morning, Peter,”

      Howdy, Robin

       
      “I heard the new recording of Venus on BBC Radio 3 yesterday by Gardner and the National Youth Orchestra as I tootled around in the van – I’m a meter reader: 33 years.
      I thought: “I don’t think I know that one?””

      Probably not. It’s only just been released. I haven’t heard it yet.

       
      “The first time I heard The Planets was at school in the early 60’s: the teacher took us all across to the Annexe and put Mars on us (without telling us anything about it) and asked us what our impressions. Surprisingly, I recall some of us visualising “little moon men” (it was a long time ago.)”

      Perfectly understandable.

       
      “When I worked in a record shop in the 70’s I used to put the Zubin Mehta from 1964 (?) on. That was the first Planets that I bought. I loved that English mysticism. (I know that sounds pompous.)”

      Not to me.

      Mehta’s Planets was recorded in 1971.

       
      “Would it not augment your blog if other people recalled their first brushes with The Planets? As well as your very own, Esteemed One.”

      That sounds nice, but I honestly don’t remember when I first heard The Planets. But by all means, if people want to reminisce, that’s fine by me.

       
      “(By the way, thanks for putting me on to the Neville Marriner Tallis Fantasia: I have played and played it – on the headphones after getting home on a winter’s day stressed out etc.)”

      Excellent.

       
      “(Plus dogs and the occasional aggressive customer. One this week kindly offered to throw me out his back yard if I go in there again: censored version.)”

      That sounds like a bit of a bother.

       
      “Speaking of Marriner and visualising: were you on acid when you reviewed the Marriner version of the Planets? You dig so much out it, I can’t help thinking: “What’s he on?””

      Nope. I guess I’m just receptive to its vibe. I really dig where Nev is coming from on that recording. It’s one of the most relaxed Planets I know, and I respond very positively to it every time I listen to the little beastie. As for its position in the list, whenever I finish listening to Marri-me-Neville’s Planets, I realise that there are other Planets recordings that I think are better.

       
      “You’ve certainly got me intrigued.”

      See above.

       
      “Sorry to waffle on.

      Robin”

      No problem.

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  31. Geoff Arnold February 23, 2017 / 2:10 am

    Hi Peter,
    I pointed out what I thought was a mistake in Spotify link to one of these reviews and now see that all the Spotify links have disappeared. Was there a connection? Was that intentional?
    Geoff.

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    • Peter February 23, 2017 / 10:19 am

      “Hi Peter,
      I pointed out what I thought was a mistake in Spotify link to one of these reviews and now see that all the Spotify links have disappeared. Was there a connection? Was that intentional?
      Geoff.”

      Nope.

      I have no idea what happened there, because I haven’t touched that review at all. I didn’t change or modify anything. (I haven’t even looked at it.) It must have been purely coincidental.

      Weird.

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      • Geoff Arnold February 23, 2017 / 8:41 pm

        No, my fault. It turned out to be Ghostery on my laptop (a programme that stops trackers in websites). If I turn it off the Spotify links come back. Very weird that it randomly sprang into action. My desktop computer hasn’t messed with this site. My apologies.
        You seem to be stuck at 83. Any more on the way, or is that it? By the way, following this wonderful site and listening to lots of different versions led me to the BBC Record Review podcast which looked at some Planets recordings and it is well worth a listen. Aside from his choice as the recommended CD (Jarvi – Cincinnati) David Owen Norris is a wonderful guide, pointing out lots of musical niceties (and abuses) and generally opening the eyes of someone who is musically untutored (me) to the construction and musical language of the piece.
        Geoff.

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      • Peter February 24, 2017 / 9:47 am

        Yowser, Geoff

        “No, my fault. It turned out to be Ghostery on my laptop (a programme that stops trackers in websites). If I turn it off the Spotify links come back. Very weird that it randomly sprang into action. My desktop computer hasn’t messed with this site. My apologies.”

        No problem.

         
        “You seem to be stuck at 83. Any more on the way, or is that it?”

        There are more out there to review, but it’s a matter of getting my hands on them.

        I actually have a Planets CD sitting at home that I haven’t reviewed yet (a 1973 live Boult recording that came with an issue of BBC MagazineDiscogs lists it), so I should get around to reviewing it sometime. (Note to Self: Review it, Peter.)

        Anyway, I’ve listed the Planets CD I haven’t reviewed yet at the end of The List.

         
        “By the way, following this wonderful site and listening to lots of different versions led me to the BBC Record Review podcast which looked at some Planets recordings and it is well worth a listen. Aside from his choice as the recommended CD (Jarvi – Cincinnati) David Owen Norris is a wonderful guide, pointing out lots of musical niceties (and abuses) and generally opening the eyes of someone who is musically untutored (me) to the construction and musical language of the piece.
        Geoff.”

        I listened to the podcast. I wasn’t in agreement with a lot of it. (David has his taste in Planets, I have mine.)

        Nevertheless, for those interested in David’s Planets survey, here’s the podcast:

        Building a Library – The Planets (podcast)

        After I listened to the podcast I transcribed it. Here’s the transcription:

        Building a Library – The Planets (transcript)

        [Source]

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  32. TinEar March 1, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    As you took my blog pic of Boult’s 1954 Nixa without attribution, then I guess you also downloaded those 2013 files…

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    • Peter March 2, 2017 / 8:36 am

      Howdy, TinEar

      Many apologies for not attributing your pic. Believe it or not, I had no idea it was yours. I found the image here:

      https://pics-about-space.com/gustav-holst-the-planets-suite?p=2

      Although I found 11 instances of that cover on Google Image Search (in various sizes), I chose the largest.

      Also believe it or not, I haven’t downloaded anything from your blog – mainly because I didn’t know your blog existed. I bought the CD of the Boult 1954 recording (on eBay, $7.25). It has this cover:

      Holst - The Planets (Boult, 1954)

      Because that cover is beyond ghastly, I went with what I thought was the original 1954 cover instead.

      Despite all of the above, I’ll attribute your cover.

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      • TinEar March 2, 2017 / 7:03 pm

        Not exactly the first UK cover – previously gold print instead of silver, and missing the PYE logo.
        A sub-blog (PRISTINE) also has Sargent’s LSO (24bit available).
        Do tend to Slave over these pics/files…and this wasn’t on CD…LSO/Sargent ditto?

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      • Peter March 2, 2017 / 7:43 pm

        When I look for Planets covers, I tend to go to Discogs to see what was the first pressing, and then go from there. This is what Discogs lists as the original cover:

        Holst - The Planets (Boult, 1954)

        So I went looking for it, and found what I thought was that. (I didn’t notice anything about a missing Pye logo – I just found a cover looking like the one I saw, and assumed it was the same.)

        With the Sargent 1954 I went with the original cover (again at Discogs):

        Holst - The Planets (Sargent, 1954)

        That one was easy because the original cover was used for the CD reissue.

        And I must stress one more time that I had no idea your website existed, so I wasn’t in a position to download any of your efforts (except for that Boult 1954 cover that I had found elsewhere).

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  33. TinEar March 3, 2017 / 1:03 am

    The LSO/Sargent discogs is also my scan (a few tiny dust specks/faint RH side black line – not on the actual sleeve..).
    At least my LP transfer appears better than your ‘CD’ review. :~)

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    • Peter March 3, 2017 / 8:45 am

      The LSO/Sargent discogs is also my scan (a few tiny dust specks/faint RH side black line – not on the actual sleeve..).

      Far out. Another one of yours. As Ned Flanders says, “Well if that don’t put the ‘ink’ in coinkidink!”

      Just how many of your covers have I unknowingly pinched?

       
      At least my LP transfer appears better than your ‘CD’ review. :~)

      I wouldn’t doubt that for a moment. I haven’t heard your LP transfer, but I dare say it probably sounds better than the CD I bought. The one I bought was released in 2006, and has this cover:

      Holst - The Planets (Sargent, 1954)

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  34. TinEar March 3, 2017 / 7:06 pm

    You could swap the image used for Sargent/LSO:- wouldn’t want to be associated (newly attributed) with that ghastly mock-up!
    And, bizarrely, I just checked to see if Boult’s 1978 had been issued from the Digital tape (they couldn’t edit those when the LP was released) – and, on MusicWeb’s ‘Planets’ listing, the 1st entry I see was for a David Atherton/BBC Wales recording – which you don’t appear to list.

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    • Peter March 3, 2017 / 7:29 pm

      Yeah, that newer cover is a bit of a stinker.

      David Atherton, eh? Time to look for a new Planets CD.

      (In my best Adam West Batman voice) To the Internet!

      Update: I’ve just checked eBay, and the David Atherton Planets is a DVD. That automatically disqualifies it from this list. (CDs only, baby.)

      Ah well.

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  35. Thomas Muething March 22, 2017 / 12:22 am

    Here’s another one not listed, by Radio Symphony Orchestra Ljubljana, RTV Chamber Choir Ljubljana, Marko Munih (conductor)

    http://www.deezer.com/album/14378236

    Maybe that’s the *actual’ one that was used for some “anonymous” recordings, as the Ljubljana orchestra featured heavily, both publicly and hidden, on the catalogue of all those super-budget labels (ZYX, Pilz, the like) who also celebrated the talents of mythical artists like Alberto Lizzo.

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  36. Evan Knudsen March 26, 2017 / 4:32 am

    The Sado Planets is on iTunes (Denmark) for 70 DK, Certainly cheaper than Amazon

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    • Peter March 26, 2017 / 8:18 am

      Thanks, Evan.

      I’m not signed up with iTunes, and won’t be anytime soon (I’ve tried to use it a couple of times to organise my music collection, but it was a nightmare), so I’ll cheerfully wait until the Sado is available elsewhere.

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      • Evan Knudsen March 27, 2017 / 12:45 am

        iTunes has deteriorated, true.

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      • Thomas Muething April 29, 2017 / 7:21 pm

        iTunes hasn’t actually deteriorated. It sucked from day one …

        Selling only lossy files – in 2017 – ist just lame.

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      • Peter April 30, 2017 / 8:27 am

        I agree completely, young Thomas. For a company (i.e., Apple) that prides itself on ease of use, I’m amazed at how difficult it is for me to do anything on iTunes. I don’t know if it’s because I’m a PC user, but every time I’ve tried to transfer audio files using iTunes it’s been a total nightmare.

        And as for the low, low sound quality of iTunes: Why, Apple, why?

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