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HOLST, G.: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - The Planets / Beni Mora / Japanese Suite (A. Davis)

Composer(s):Holst, Gustav
Artist(s) Manchester Chamber Choir, Choir • Davis, Andrew, Conductor • BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue CHSA5086
Label Chandos
Quality   320kbps


Holst orchestral works vol.2
Review By CB114816,February 2011

This so close to being outstanding. First of all, it's a magnificent piece of engineering. The bass end is particularly impressive. Detail is amazing. I never knew there was an organ part in 'Mars' for instance! Superb glockenspiel in 'Mercury'.

As an interpretation 'The Planets' might just be a tad too 'straight' for some. I can think of other versions which offer a more terrifying 'Mars' (Steinberg springs to mind for example).

However the couplings are more than mere makeweights. 'Beni Mora' has a couple of tunes that will be lodged in the mind for days to come.

First-rate and so close to a top choice.


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